The history of the Warwingdon family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Warwingdon family
The surname Warwingdon 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 Warwingdon family
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Warwingdon Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Warrington, Warrinton and others.
Early Notables of the Warwingdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Warwingdon family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Warwingdon or a variant listed above were: 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.