Recorded as Ingleton and Ingleston, this ancient English surname is of pre 7th century origins. It translates as the farm (tun) of the Englishman, or derives from former residence at one of the villages called Ingleton in Yorkshire or Durham. The first invasions of 'Britain' took place after the time of the Roman withdrawal in 410 A.D. These invaders were from Frisia in North German supported by the Angles from Engeland, also in North Germany, and later the Saxons and Jutes from Jutland, in the 7th and 8th Centuries. This place name and surname is a reminder of the earliest invaders during what history now calls "The Dark Ages". The village name first appears as Inglestune in the 1086 Domesday Book for Yorkshire, although the surname is much later. Curiously surnames are often far better recorded well away from their place of origin. In this case early examples taken from the surviving registers of the medieval period include: Ellota de Ingliston of Bentham in the Poll Tax rolls for Yorksire in 1379, John Ingleton of Warton in Lancashire in the Wills Register of the year 1606, whilst Robert Inglston was recorded in London in 1680. Surrnames 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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