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The Anglo-Saxon name Wentworth comes from when the family resided in either of the places called Wentworth in Cambridgeshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Wentworth belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The surname Wentworth 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." [1] "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" [2] "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." [3]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wentworth include Wentworth, Winterwade, Wintworth and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wentworth research. Another 797 words (57 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 Wentworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 395 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wentworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wentworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Wentworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Wentworth, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Hugh Wentworth, aged 44, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Hugh Wentworth, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • William Wentworth (1616-1697), a follower of John Wheelwright, from Alford, Lincolnshire who landed in Dover, New Hampshire in 1636

Wentworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Wentworth, aged 36, landed in Key West, Fla in 1843
  • E H Wentworth, aged 35, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843
  • C. G. Wentworth, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Cath. Wentworth, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Alfred J. Wentworth, aged 72, who landed in America, in 1894

Wentworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Caroline Wentworth, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Charles Wentworth, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Anne Wentworth, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Cecilie Wentworth, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Annie Wentworth, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912

Wentworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wentworth landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839


  • John "Long John" Wentworth (1815-1888), American editor of the Chicago Democrat, two-term Mayor of Chicago
  • John Wentworth (1719-1781), American jurist, soldier, and leader of the American Revolution in New Hampshire
  • Erastus Wentworth (1813-1886), American educator, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and a missionary to Foochow, China
  • D'arcy Wentworth (1762-1827), English surgeon who went to New South Wales (NSW), Australia with the Second Fleet
  • James Wilfred "Buddy" Wentworth (1937-2014), Namibian politician, Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (1990-1995)
  • William Charles Wentworth AO (1907-2003), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Mackellar (1949-1977)
  • John Wentworth (1908-1989), British television actor
  • Benning Wentworth (1696-1770), Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire (1717-1730)
  • William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872), Australian explorer, journalist, and politician
  • Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961), award-winning British crime fiction writer



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: En Dieu est tout
Motto Translation: In God is everything.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mee, Arthur (ed) , The King's England Yorkshire West Riding. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1950. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Wentworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wentworth 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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