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Where did the Scottish Workman family come from? What is the Scottish Workman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Workman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Workman family history?An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Workman family. Workman is a name for a laborer. The surname Workman comes from the Old English word work, or weorc, both of which mean "work." In the Middle Ages, the word workman was also applied to ambidextrous people as a nickname. The more common derivation, however, is the occupational one, which was a name given to a laborer.
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Workman include Workman, Wortman, Wartman, Wergman, Wirgman and others.
First found in the Orkneys, were they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name is believed to be derived from the lands of Work, from the parish of St. Ola.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Workman research. Another 246 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Workman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Workman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Workman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Workman:
Workman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Workman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Workman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Workman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Workman 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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