Recorded in several spellings including Corington, Corinton, Coorington, Corrington, Coryndon, and others, this is an English medieval surname. It is locational from a place which no longer exists but was probably called 'Corna-ing-tona' or the place of the Corna people. The word 'corna' in Olde English could mean corn, but in the context of a place name was probably the personal name meaning 'Crane', as in the village of Corley in Warwickshire, which means 'Corna's farm'. 'Lost' medieval villages are a feature of British locational surnames. It is estimated that at least five thousand surnames do originate from places which have completely disappeared from the gazetters and maps. In fact it is often only the presence of the surname which provides a clue as to its former existence. In this case the surname is well recorded in the surviving early registers of the city of London. Examples include Ann Corrington who was christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on February 24th 1653, William Corington who was a christening witness at St Ann's Blackfriars, on February 20th 1723, and William Coryndon, christened at St Andrews Holborn, on August 23rd 1780.
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