Harrington Township, New Jersey
The spelling was originally "Harington Township", based on the family name "Haring", but was changed to "Harrington" in the latter part of the 19th century.
Harrington Township was formed by Royal Charter on June 22, 1775, and was created from the northern portions of both New Barbadoes Township and Hackensack Township. The new township stretched from the Hudson River on the east to the Saddle River in the west, and north to the New York border.
The passage of a revised Borough Act resulted in the "Boroughitis"-inspired subdivision of the township into new municipalities: Delford (now Oradell) on March 8, 1894; Eastwood (part, borough lasted until 1896 to become part of Old Tappan) on June 6, 1894; Schraalenburgh (now Dumont) on July 20, 1894; and Old Tappan on October 8, 1894. Portions of Harrington Township were taken on April 8, 1903, to form parts of both Demarest and Alpine. The final wave of departures saw the creation of Closter (January 1, 1904), Haworth (February 24, 1904), Harrington Park (March 29, 1904) and Norwood (March 14, 1905).
- "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 79.
- Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923
- Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
- The Origin of New Jersey Place Names, by The New Jersey Public Library Commission, 1945