Last name: Atherton

This very interesting surname, recorded as Atherton and Eatherton, is of 7th century Olde English and Anglo-Saxon origins. It is locational from a place so called in Lancashire. The earliest recording of this placename is found in the Fees Rolls of that county for the year1212, when it is spelt as "Aderton", and then later in the Post Mortem Records of 1322 as "Atherton". The name is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Aethelhere", of uncertain etymology, and "tun", a settlement, town; hence, "Aethelhere's town". During the Middle Ages, when it became common for people to migrate from their place of birth to seek work elsewhere, they would often adopt or be given the village name as a means of identification. This resulted in a wide dispersal of the name. Early examples of the surname recording taken from authentic church registers include Roger Atherton, who married Elizabeth Stringfellowe, on September 22nd 1599, at Farnworth North, Prescot, Lancashire and Charlotte Eatherton, the daughter of John Eatherton, who was christened at Holborn Hospital, London, on March 22nd 1787. Amongst the interesting recordings associated with this surname is that of William Atherton, an early settler in the New World. He is reported as being granted a ticket to sail from the Barbadoes to Boston, New England, in October 1679. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Athertone, which was dated 1332, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377.

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Hello Rachel, at last some time to get back to you! No I don't know of an Uncle Burt-whose brother was he etc? I don't know whether my mother may have attended his funeral, she was usually the one to do things like that. However, she died in 2003, so if it was around then or later I am not able to help. I will start afresh and continue with a new post now. Read more:

Anita Layton atherton
My fathers name was William atherton. His family has fought in every war since the Blackhawks Indian wars. The athertons were always extremely smart. Would like to know more.

Although my name is hyphonated with my fathers and mothers surname, my great grandfather on my fathers side was in the special forces for britain and died fighting in egypt, my grandmother has only recently found out what had happened to him as the government is bound by law to withhold certain information for a long period of time. I know a lot on the history of the atherton family and much is missing from these sort of sites, the best way to check is in old records etc.

My grandfather, Mark Sherwin's mother was Lydia Atherton. She played the piano for silent movies in the 1920's in England and has a painting hanging in British parliament. any body related to her Mark had sisters Molly, Polly and Clarice.

Andrew atherton
Well I just found out a lot I didn't know! :D

Joshua Atherton
Interesting read! I've always been told my grandfather, Harry Atherton, was of German decent. We've since been established in Port zhuron, Michigan and I'm currently studying pre-medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

I wonder if anybody can help please. I have been wondering what became of a cousin, Michael Atherton. His parents were Eric & Rene Atherton, he was their only child, they lived in Shirley, Surrey [outside Croydon] He would have been born around 1945 - 1950. We have not seen each other for many years as when his aunt, my grandmother, died we all lost touch

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