The name Warwinton arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Warwinton 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 Warwinton family
The surname Warwinton 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 Warwinton family
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Warwinton Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Warrington, Warrinton and others.
Early Notables of the Warwinton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Warwinton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Warwinton or a variant listed above: 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.