Atherton Family CrestThe English surname Atherton is an habitational name from a place near Manchester, Lancashire named Atherton, from the Old English personal name Æ{dh}elhere and the Old English term tun meaning “settlement.” The name is first recorded in 1332 whenHenry de Athertone is registered in the "Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire." A later church record lists Roger Atherton, who married Elizabeth Stringfellowe, on September 22nd 1599, at Farnworth North, Prescot, Lancashire. An early settler in the New Wworld was William Atherton, who is reported as being granted a ticket to sail from the Barbadoes to Boston, New England, in October 1679. 

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