The name Warrinton reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Warrinton family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Warrinton family lived in Lancashire
, at Warrington
, a borough, markettown, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
of West Derby. It was originally a British town, and on the invasion of the Romans
under Agricola in the year 79, converted into a Roman station. The Saxons
named the place Weringtun, from the Saxon Wæring, a fortification, and tun, a town. It later formed part of the demesne of Edward the Confessor and became head of a deanery, of which the jurisdiction still remains. In Domesday Book
it is listed under the name of Wallintun; and in the reign of Edward I
was in the possession of William le Boteler, who obtained for it the grant of a market, and other privileges.
Early Origins of the Warrinton family
The surname Warrinton was first found in Lancashire
where the manor was granted to Roger de Poitou, one of William the Conqueror's favorite Barons, who held all the lands from the Ribble to the Mersey from 1066. Roger gave Warrington to Paganus de Vilars, a Norman Lord of Villieres le Sec in Calvados, Normandy
. His descendants were the Lords of Warrington until 1586 and it is from the junior lines that the name Warrington is derived.
Early History of the Warrinton family
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Warrinton Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Warrington, Warrinton and others.
Early Notables of the Warrinton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Warrinton family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Warrinton name or one of its variants: Robert Warrington who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Edward and Mary Warrington settled in Jamaica in 1686; William Warrington settled in Barbados in 1693.