Worthen Surname History

The German surname Worthen was derived from the Low German word "werth," denoting an inkeeper or landlord.

Early Origins of the Worthen family

The surname Worthen was first found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.

Early History of the Worthen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worthen research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1702, 1806, 1460, 1519, 1730, 1791, 1772, 1859, 1665 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Worthen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Worthen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Werthen, Werthern, Wurthern, Woerthern, Worthen, Worthern, Warthern, Werther, Werthenberg, Worther, Werther, Werten and many more.

Early Notables of the Worthen family (pre 1700)

Notable members of the surname Worthen in this period were Wigand Wirt (1460-1519), a German theologian best known for his polemic writings attacking the Catholic doctrine of the immaculate conception; Philipp August von Werther (circa 1730-1791)...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worthen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Worthen Ranking

In the United States, the name Worthen is the 6,136th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Worthen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Worthen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Worthen, aged 26, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [2]
Worthen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert H. Worthen, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1919 from Antilla, Cuba [3]
  • Victorine Worthen, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "President Grant" from Brest, France [4]
  • Elisabeth Worthen, aged 54, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Bergensfjord" from Kristiania, Norway [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Worthen (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Lee Worthen (b. 1958), American former NBA player
  • John E. Worthen (b. 1933), American academic, 11th President of Ball State University and the 20th President of Indiana University
  • Major Ezekiel Worthen, American New Hampshire native who participated in the American Revolutionary War
  • Molly Worthen (b. 1981), American writer and journalist
  • Shawn Worthen (b. 1978), former American football defensive tackle
  • Joey Worthen (b. 1979), American soccer player
  • Jack Worthen Germond (b. 1928), American journalist and author


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-4X9 : 6 December 2014), Robert H. Worthen, 10 Mar 1919; citing departure port Antilla, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J643-XYS : 6 December 2014), Victorine Worthen, 17 Aug 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, ship name President Grant, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J645-BZD : 6 December 2014), Elisabeth Worthen, 18 Dec 1919; citing departure port Kristiania, Norway, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Bergensfjord, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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