This name is of English locational origin from any of the various places so named, for example Wallington in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey, so called from the Old English pre 7th Century "Weala" meaning "Welsh" or "Foreigner", plus "tun", a farm or settlement, hence, "the settlement of the foreigners". Wallington in Hertfordshire and Northumberland mean "the 'tun' of W(e)alh's people". These two places are spelt Wal(l)ington in the Domesday Book of 1086. The middle element "ing" translates as "people" or "family of". Wallington in Norfolk, spelt Wal(l)inghetuna in the Domesday Book is interpreted as "the 'tun' of the people by the wall". On July 4th 1635, one William Wallington, aged thirty-two years, sailed from London on the ship "Transport" bound for Virginia. He was one of the first recorded namebearers to enter America. The marriage of Margarett Wallington and Peeter Grin is recorded in St. James's, Clerkenwell (London), 1668. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph de (of) Wallington, which was dated 1273 - The Hundred Rolls of Devonshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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