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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.

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

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wentworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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, born in Lincolnshire, England, who came to Massachusetts in 1636
  • William Wentworth (1616-1697), a follower of John Wheelwright, from Alford, Lincolnshire who landed in Dover, New Hampshire in 1636
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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
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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
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Wentworth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Wentworth U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wentworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wentworth landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
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  • 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
  • H. M. Wentworth, American Republican politician, Mayor of Gardiner, Maine, 1874-75
  • George P. Wentworth (1877-1954), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1932-33
  • G. M. Wentworth, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1870-71
  • Franklin H. Wentworth, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1908
  • Frank L. Wentworth, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Winchester, 1904
  • Ezekiel Wentworth (1782-1852), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 6th District, 1829-31
  • Eli Wentworth (1830-1894), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 6th District, 1860-62
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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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Citations



  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.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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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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