The name Wirmington came to England
with the ancestors of the Wirmington family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wirmington family lived in Northampton
, at Warmington,
a village and civil parish. The place dates back to c. 980 when it was listed as Wyrmingtun. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the name had evolved to Wermintone and was derived from the Old English personal name
"Wyrma" + the suffix "tun." The name literally translates to "estate associated with a man called Wyrma. The last census lists a population of 874. In Warwickshire
, there's another Warmington in the Stratford District Council area. In this case, the name also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Warmintone. Literally, the place name means "estate associated with a man called Waerme or Waermund," again from the Old English personal name
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The last census for this village listed only 297 people residing there.
Early Origins of the Wirmington family
The surname Wirmington was first found in Northamptonshire where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
, for their support at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They acquired the lands from the King through Peterborough Abbey and provided two fully equipped men at arms for the Abbey. The Mill at Warmington provided 325 eels annually for the King's table. This mill was restored after it had fallen into disrepair in the 19th century to now include a retail showroom.
Early History of the Wirmington family
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Wirmington Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Warmington, Wermington and others.
Early Notables of the Wirmington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wirmington family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wirmington or a variant listed above: John and James Warmington settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1722.