Farnsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Farnsworth name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Farnsworth was originally derived from a family having lived at Farnworth, a parish, in the union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, south division of Lancashire. [1]

Early Origins of the Farnsworth family

The surname Farnsworth was first found in Lancashire at Farnworth, a small hamlet within about two miles of Bolton. Now part of Greater Manchester, Farnworth dates back to 1185 when it was first listed as Farnewurd. Literally the place name means "enclosure where ferns grow," from the Old English words "fearn" + "worth." [2]

Another reference states: "This place probably derives its name from the AngloSaxon word Fearn; the fern plant formerly overran the land, and still grows abundantly in the neighbourhood. " [1] Other spelling variants for the hamlet in these early years included Farneworth and Farnewrth in 1278; and Ffornword in 1282.

There is another Farnworth in Cheshire in the Borough of Halton, and this latter town was also influential in the family's history as Leising de Farnewurd was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1185. [3]

Early History of the Farnsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farnsworth research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1666, 1651 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Farnsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farnsworth Spelling Variations

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 Farnsworth include Fanworth, Farnworth, Farnworthy, Farnsworth, Farnesworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Farnsworth family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Farnworth (died 1666), an English Quaker writer of tracts. He "was born in the north of England, and appears to have been a labouring man. In 1651 he attended the quaker yearly meeting at Balby...
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United States Farnsworth migration to the United States +

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:

Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and Susannah Farnsworth, who settled in New Jersey with their two children and servants in 1677
  • Thomas Farnsworth, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677 [4]
Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Farnsworth, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • Lydia Farnsworth, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Mary Farnsworth, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Farnsworth, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [4]
  • James Farnsworth, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • C Farnsworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • W D Farnsworth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • W. O. Farnsworth settled in San Francisco, California in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • D. Farnsworth, aged 81, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Lotta P. Farnsworth, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Frederick Farnsworth, aged 26, who arrived in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Myron Farnsworth, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • George Farnsworth, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Farnsworth migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Farnsworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel H Farnsworth, who landed in Canada in 1836
Farnsworth Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Farnsworth, aged 31, who arrived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Farnsworth (post 1700) +

  • Richard W. Farnsworth (1920-2000), American actor and stuntman
  • Kyle Lynn Farnsworth (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Elon John Farnsworth (1837-1863), Union Army cavalry general in the American Civil War, killed at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • E. Allan Farnsworth (1928-2005), American renowned legal scholars on contracts
  • Charles S. Farnsworth (1862-1955), American general in World War I, Chief of Infantry
  • Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971), American inventor, best known for as the inventor and patent holder of a working electronic television system which later became the cathode ray tube
  • Elizabeth Farnsworth, American correspondent with PBS
  • Robert A. Farnsworth Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Daniel Duane Tompkins Farnsworth (1819-1892), American Republican politician, President of the West Virginia State Senate, 1869-70; Governor of West Virginia, 1869 [5]
  • Clarence G. Farnsworth, American politician, Supervisor of Delta Township, Michigan, 1940-55 [5]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Farnsworth +

  • 2964 Hibbs-Farnsworth and Related Families by Robert Glen Nye, Farnsworth Memoria II: 2nd Edition of the Farnsworth Memorial Published in 1897 by Moses Franklin Farnsworth by Moses Franklin Farnsworth.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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