The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. This ancient English surname of WALLINGTON was a locational name meaning 'one who came from WALLINGTON' parishes in counties Hertford and Norfolk. There is also a hamlet near Croydon, Surrey of the name. Many families acquired a place-name as a surname from different sources. The original bearer of the name may have lived or worked by some topographic formation or landscape feature, such as a large tree or rock or by a river, lake, hill or valley. Early workshops or stores were generally in the man's home, the place where he lived and worked were usually the same. He might have derived his name from the village or town he had formerly dwelt in, and acquired the reputation of being from that place. Thirdly he may have owned or was lord of the village or manor. In most cases it is impossible to know whether an ancestor owned the manor, or had merely lived or worked in that place. An early instance of the name mentions Ralph de WALLINGTON who was recorded in County Devon in the year 1273. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. In Hotten's 'The Original Lists of Persons of Quality' which includes emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed and others, who went to America from Great Britain to the American Plantations between 1600 and 1700 is included Joseph WALLINGTON who sailed in the 'Ann and Elizabeth' ship. He was 19 years old. Another instance includes Peter Grin and Margaret WALLINGTON who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1688, and John Smith and Mary WALLINGTON were wed at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1749.
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