Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Cheshire). Ar. a cross flory sa.
2) (Adlington, co. Lancaster, 1567, 1613, 1661). Sa. a chev. betw. three antelopes’ heads ar. attired or.
3) (Holme Hale Hall, Norfolk). Motto—Per antiquam eartam. Sa. a chev. betw. three goats’ heads erased ar. Crest—A goat’s head as in the arms.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Adlington Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Adlington:
It is an English locational surname. It acquires from either of two hamlets called Adlington, the first in the division of Cheshire near the town of Macclesfield, the second from Lancashire and near to the town of Chorley. In both examples, the translation is considered to be the same, which means ‘ the hamlet of the Eadwulf people,’ with the first place name record being that of Eadulfingtun in the documents known as the Diplomatarium Anglicum for the year 1000 AD. It perhaps relates to the Cheshire hamlet, as this also shows in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 as Edulvintune, while the Lancashire place was first listed in the year 1202, as Adelventon. Locational surnames usually are given either to the local lord of the estate and his descendants, as in the example of the Adlingtons of Adlington in Lancashire, whose arms of three gazelles heads given in 1567, or to old villagers who had moved somewhere else. The easiest way to recognize such people was to call them by the name of the place from whence they came. Spelling being at best average and local languages very thick, usually lead to the advancement of “sounds like” spellings. In this example, the name may be noted as Adlington, and possibly the short forms Adelin, Adelyn, Adlin, and Adling, with Henry Adelyn showing in the Hundred Rolls of the city of Norwich in the year 1273. Royal symbols have given for families in the divisions of Cheshire, a black cross flory on a silver shield, Lancashire, and Norfolk, the latter having the blazon of a black shield carried with three silver goats heads r.emoved
More common variations are: Addlington, Adolington, Edlington, Adlingotn, Adlingtin, Edlington, Whatlington, Eddlngton, Whitlington, Whetlington.
The surname Adlington first appeared in Lancashire at Adlington, a small town and local church that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it first noted as Eduluintune. Adlington was part of the Penwortham barony given to Randle de Marsey and after that held by the Ferrers. The place name means “estate related to a man called Eadwulf,” from the Old English specific name with “ing” and “tun.”
Many of the people with surname Adlington had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Adlington landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Adlington who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included George Adlington, who came to Baltimore in 1758
The following century saw much more Adlington surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Adlington who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included William Adlington, who came to Philadelphia in 1865.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Adlington: England 1,113; Australia 258; United States 199; New Zealand 142; Canada 137; South Africa 91; Scotland 20; Spain 7; Wales 3; France 3.
Sarah Adlington (born 1986), was a British judoka.
Terry Adlington (1935–1994), was an English football player.
William Adlington was an English translator.
Adlington Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Adlington blazon are the cross flory, chevron and antelope. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and sable.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross . Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross, typically involving patterning along the edges , or fanciful, decorative endings to the arms of the cross . The cross flory is typical of these, having each arm end in something very similar to the fleur-de-lys.
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
The ibex or antelope was drawn by heraldic artists in rather more fearsome aspect than its real-life appearance, with large horns, mane and a long tail. These days we regard the ibex as being a member of the goat family rather than an antelope, but in the middle ages there were was no real distinction between these animals. They could adopt many of the poses of the lion, such as rampant and statant.