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Where did the English Waterworth family come from? What is the English Waterworth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waterworth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waterworth family history?

Waterworth is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Waterworth family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadsuuorde or Wadsworth.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Waterworth include Wadsworth, Wadworth, Wadesworth, Wordsworth and others.

First found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Wadsuuorde or Wadsworth. This place was recorded in the Domesday Book taken in 1086 as 'King's Land', a Moorland with two churches and scattered houses. An isolated building within the village is said to be the setting for Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. The village was granted by King William, to Roger de Bully, believed to be the ancestor of the Wadsworths, for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Years later, records show Adam de Waddeswrth listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in 1275. In the parish church of Silkstone, the name was recorded as Waddysworth (1556), Wardsworth (1656), Wadsworth (1666) and finally as Wordsworth (1668). Longfellow's middle name was Wadsworth.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waterworth research. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1675, 1604, 1656, 1622, 1730, 1817 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Waterworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waterworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Waterworths to arrive on North American shores: William Wadsworth, who was on record in Virginia in 1621; Christopher Wadsworth, who was on record in Plymouth, MA in 1632; William Wadsworth, his wife Sarah Talcott, their daugher Sarah and sons William and John, who were all on record in Cambridge, MA in 1632.

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  • Lizzie Waterworth, English voice actress
  • Andrew Waterworth (b. 1986), Northern Irish footballer
  • Peter Andrew Waterworth (b. 1957), British barrister and diplomat, Governor of Montserrat from 2007 to 2011
  • James Waterworth (1806-1876), Catholic missionary priest


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  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Waterworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waterworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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