Last name: Warrington

This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from either of the places called "Warrington" in Buckinghamshire and in Lancashire. The place in Buckinghamshire is recorded as "Wardintone" in 1175 and as "Wardington" in 1294, and means "the settlement of Waerheard's people", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Waerheard", composed of the elements "waer", pledge, and "heard", hardy, brave, strong, with "tun", homestead, settlement. The place in Lancashire is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Walintune", and as "Werington" in the 1246 Assize Rolls of the county, and means either "the settlement of Waer's people", or "the settlement at the weir". The derivation is from the Olde English personal name "Waer", pledge, and "tun" as before, or from "wering", weir, dam, with "tun". One Robert Warrington was an early emigrant to the New World, leaving London on the "Mathew" in May 1635 for the colony in St. Christopher's, the Barbadoes. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Warynton, which was dated 1316 - 1317, in the "Feet of Fines Rolls of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Kathy Becks
Some examples of Warrington becoming also a surname in Lancashire are, James, born 18 Nov., baptism 5 Dec., 1790, son of Edmund and Martha Warrington, at St.Peter's church in Liverpool. Earlier: John baptism 20 Aug., 1785 and Thomas bapt. 14 June 1788 sons of Hannah Warrington,( both children base-born), at St.Mary-The-Virgin church, Leigh.

Raymond E.O.Ella
Kathy, I would not know why you have emphasized on the two sons born of a Hannah Warrington, but anyone from them would or should be aware that how they come into this world is not what matters, but what does matter is how they live and hopefully leading a good life. Surely this is more important. We all can be negatively condescending but we can also look for the positively good things and also find them.

Michael J. Warrington
Raymond knows the following: the Warrington surname comes from a place-name and some people today with the surname may not be related because certain persons leaving the place just happened to surname themselves with the place-name, or known has such by other people in other areas when their name had to be documented, i.e, "de-Warrington", "de" meaning "of" or "from". So, many people surnamed Warrington may not be connected to those who had various coats-of-arms because they may not be blood or genetically related. This is also the case with other place-names that people have become surnamed with, although some place-names originate from a personal name.

Raymond E.O.Ella
Michael, yes I agree with your posting but have you mistaken me for someone else. I very vaguely know of a Michael Warrington but the first name could be popular with that surname, although amongst many families two of the most popular first names would be John and Mary.

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