Edworthey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Edworthey family

The surname Edworthey was first found in Yorkshire. However, the township of Monkton in Durham had an early significance to the family. "This place was a very early possession of the monastery of Jarrow, whence the name is derived; and afterwards was the property of the Hedworths of Harraton, for the alienation of which, John Hedworth had licence in the first year of Bishop Sever, 'in order to raise certain trusts and uses therein.' " [1] And the parish of Southwick in Durham is also of particular interest to the family. "The estate was once the property of a family named Suthwyk, and afterwards formed part of the possessions of the Hedworths." [1]

Early History of the Edworthey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edworthey research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1499, 1455, 1487, 1626, 1705 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Edworthey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edworthey Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Edworthey family name include Hedworth, Hedworthy, Headworth, Headworthy, Headword, Headward and many more.

Early Notables of the Edworthey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Edworthey family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Edworthey surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Alexander Hedworth, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1919; Doris Hedworth, aged 9, who arrived at Ellis Island from S. Shielas, England, in 1916.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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