Hello Paul, In looking at my previous reply to your message about Bristol LILLINGTONs I now realise I could have tried to say a bit more than I did. So here another go.
LILLINGTON is thought to dreive from a place name. In England there were two parishes or villages called LILLINGTON.
One is in Warwickshire and now forms part of Leamington Spa the other is in North Dorset, still a village of about a dozen houses strung out along a single tiny byroad with a farm and a church thrown in.
These places together with numerious LINTONs and many other corruptions are said to be named after a Saxon war chief called LILLA. He come over from europe to fight for an English king who gave him land holdings in many different places as a reward for his success at what he knew best.
LILLINGTON is said to mean; of the Tun (village) of Lilla with a green before it. The implication is that my ancestors were his chattles.
Research to date in Bristol about LILLINGTONs has been limited to the only family identified there. The research has been successfully carried from about 1800 to the present day but the origins of the family still remain unknown. Gut reaction to what is known leads us to suspect the family comes from Dorset.