Show ContentsBudworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Budworth family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at ones of the villages or parishes named Budworth including: Great Budworth a civil parish and village in Cheshire West and Chester; Little Budworth, a civil parish and village between Winsford and Chester; and Aston by Budworth, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East.

Early Origins of the Budworth family

The surname Budworth was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Budworth family

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Budworth Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Budworth include Budworth, Budway and others.

Early Notables of the Budworth family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Richard Budworth of Greensted Hall

United States Budworth migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Budworth were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Budworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Budworth who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Budworth, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Isaac Budworth, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]

Australia Budworth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Budworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Budworth, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1892 [2]
  • Mr. James Budworth, (Budsworth), (b. 1811), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Budworth (post 1700) +

  • William Budworth (d. 1745), English schoolmaster, son of the Rev. Luke Budworth, vicar of Longford, Derbyshire [4]
  • Richard Thomas Dutton Budworth (1867-1937), English rugby union forward who played from 1887 to 1892, member of the England National Team (1890-1891)
  • Neil Budworth (b. 1982), English-born, Wales international rugby league player

The Budworth 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: Beowulf
Motto Translation: A reference to the ancient Saxon poem of that name.

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook