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Middleton Name Study

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About the Project

The Middleton Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Middleton name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Middleton name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Middletons), by time period (18th Century Middletons), or by topic (Middleton DNA, Middleton Occupations, Middleton Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Middleton Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Donna (Stephens) Harris for assistance.

... ... ... is a member of the Middleton Name Study Project.

OR for Middletons in Virginia

This profile is part of the Middleton Name Study.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!

  1. Robert Middleton 1651-1708 of Maryland.
  2. James Middleton and Electius Middleton
  • Herndon, John Goodwin. "Robert Middleton of Maryland & Numerous of his Descendants." Wickersham Printing Company, 111 East Chestnut Street Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1954.https://ia800904.us.archive.org/6/items/robertmiddletonc00hern/robertmiddletonc00hern.pdf
  • "Maryland Semmes & Kindred Families" by Harry Wright Newman & Maryland Historical Society. Baltimore, MD in 1956
  • Middleton, Robert Arthur and Arnold, Katherine Hall. "Robert Middleton (1651 - 1708) of Maryland and Some of His Descendants." Compiled from papers and notes of Augusta B. Middleton Fothergill and additional research:. Private Printing 1990.Copy in files of Donna Stephens Harris


Related Surnames and Surname Variants


Origin of the Name

This distinguished surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin, borne by the Barons of Barham, the Earls of Middleton, and having no less than forty-two Coats of Arms, is a locational name from any of the various places, at least twenty-five of them, throughout England named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "midel", middle, and "tun", a farm or settlement. These places are recorded variously as "Middeltune", "Middeltone" and "Mideltuna" in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Sussex. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Early examples of the surname include: Umfridus de Midilton (Arbroath, Scotland, 1221) and Gilbert de Middelton (Yorkshire, 1273). One of the earliest of the name to settle in America was John Middleton who embarked from London on the ship "Assurance" bound for Virginia in July 1635. Charles Middleton, second Earl of Middleton and titular Earl of Monmouth (1640 - 1719), was secretary of state to James II, and secretary of state for England in 1684. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Mideltone, which was dated 1166, in the "Eynsham Chartulary", Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Henry II, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

Source: https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Middleton

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Hi Donna

The Middleton Name Study doesn't currently have a Coordinator. You're welcome to work on it, or I'd be happy to discuss you taking on Coordination, should others also like to work on it.

Amy Gilpin WikiTree One Name Studies Project Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Amy

Yes, I'm interested in Coordination and hope others might be interested as well. There are several members who are PMs of Middleton profiles. I'm not coordinator of any ONS.

I'm interested in the Middleton One Name Study.

I'm a descendant of Middleton-406, Robert Middleton, through my grandmother, Rowena Sturgess Middleton.