The history of Atherton

I am carrying out a One-Name Study into the name of Atherton, and would like to hear from all you Atherton’s out there.

The study is now 3 years old and I have around 11,000 Atherton’s on my web site in family groups. I also have quite a large database with details still to be clarified/linked with families.The name of Atherton is very popular in the Lancashire area - and I am trying to link as many families as possible (worldwide!) - if you would like to include your Atherton family on my website (some of your family may already be on there?) please contact me at or at the address below.

My website can be viewed at:

Although I am keen to include details of Birth, Marriage & Death on my website, individuals born after 1911 will only include the year of the event - not the full date - for security reasons.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Mr Derek Atherton

33 Copse View

East Preston

West Sussex

BN16 1AY