Unthank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Unthank family

The surname Unthank was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Unthank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Unthank research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1067, 1296, 1462 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Unthank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Unthank Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Unthank, Unthanke and others.

Early Notables of the Unthank family (pre 1700)

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United States Unthank migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Unthank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Unthank, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]
  • Joseph Unthank, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Unthank (post 1700) +

  • Green Wix Unthank (1923-2013), United States federal judge, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (1988-2012)
  • Nellie Pucell Unthank (1846-1915), American Mormon pioneer who immigrated to Utah from England with her family as a young girl, traveling with the Martin Handcart Company
  • Wix Unthank, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1952 [2]
  • John A. Unthank (1819-1902), American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1867 [2]
  • Mr. Laurence Anthony Unthank B.E.M., British Police Volunteer for Surrey Police, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for voluntary service to Policing [3]
  • Christopher Mark "Chris" Unthank (b. 1972), retired Australian athlete who specialized in the 3000 metres steeplechase, two-time Olympian
  • Rachel Unthank, British musician who with her sister Becky Unthank founded The Unthanks, an English folk group known for their eclectic approach in combining traditional English folk music with other musical genres


The Unthank Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esto semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Be ever faithful.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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