Wendworthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Wendworthay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in either of the places called Wentworth in Cambridgeshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Wendworthay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wendworthay family
The surname Wendworthay was first found in Yorkshire in the Saxon Wappentake of Strafford, held by Ulsi, a Saxon Thane. Another reference claims the that Wentworth was a chapelry in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearne in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is here at Wentworth that the Old Trinity Church still stands today.
"The estate is said to have been in the possession of the family before the Norman Conquest. The name is written in [the] Domesday [Book, as] Winterwade and in the XIII century it was changed to Wyntword. The male line continued at Wentworth until the extinction of the earldom of Strafford in the XVIII centruy; and the existing Wentworth, of Wentworth Castle, is descended from the family on the female side." 
"Thomas Wentworth of 1587 lies in rich armour on his tomb, with his wife in a Paris hat and dainty ruff, both a little battered. Sir William has a canopied wall monument with a family group kneeling at prayer" 
"The most remarkable member of this family was Sir Thomas Wentworth, the second Baronet, celebrated in history as the Earl of Strafford, after whose attainder and execution in 1641, his estates and titles were restored to his son William, who dying without issue in 1695, left his estates to the Hon. Thomas Watson, third son of his eldest sister Anne, who had married Edward Watson, Lord Rockingham. Mr. Watson, on succeeding to his uncle's property, assumed the name of Wentworth in addition to his own.
The mansion of the Wentworth family, originally called Wentworth-Woodehouse, was rebuilt by the first Marquess of Rockingham, who gave it its modern appellation of Wentworth House." 
Important Dates for the Wendworthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wendworthay research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1700, 1730, 1791, 1799, 1744, 1462, 1424, 1464, 1448, 1499, 1478, 1550, 1501, 1551, 1525, 1584, 1558, 1593, 1591, 1667, 1626, 1599, 1660, 1640, 1642, 1591, 1667, 1660, 1686, 1626, 1695, 1593, 1641, 1632 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Wendworthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wendworthay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Wendworthay has been spelled many different ways, including Wentworth, Winterwade, Wintworth and others.
Early Notables of the Wendworthay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Wentworth (died 1462), esquire, of North Elmsall, Yorkshire; and his son, Sir Philip Wentworth, Knight, of Nettlestead, Suffolk (c. 1424-1464), an English knight and courtier; Sir Henry Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk, KB (c. 1448-c. 1499), de jure 4th Baron Despenser, grandfather of Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, and the great-grandfather of Jane's son, Edward VI; Margaret Wentworth (c. 1478-c.1550), wife of Sir John Seymour and the mother of Queen Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII of England, grandmother of King Edward VI of England; Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth...
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Migration of the Wendworthay family to Ireland
Some of the Wendworthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wendworthay family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wendworthays to arrive in North America: William Wentworth, born in Lincolnshire, England, who came to Massachusetts in 1636; Hugh Wentworth, who settled in Bermuda in 1635; Ken Wentworth settled in Virginia in 1652.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Mee, Arthur (ed), The King's England Yorkshire West Riding. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1950. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.