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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 in the county of Lancashire.

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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.

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." [1] 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. " [2] 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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farnsworth research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1650 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Farnsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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:

Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas and Susannah Farnsworth settled in New Jersey with their two children and servants in 1677
  • Thomas Farnsworth, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677

Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Farnsworth settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • Lydia Farnsworth settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Mary Farnsworth settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Farnsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Farnsworth, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • James Farnsworth settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • C Farnsworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W D Farnsworth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W. O. Farnsworth settled in San Francisco, California in 1853


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


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

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  • 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
  • Elon Farnsworth (1799-1877), American Democrat politician, Member Michigan Territorial Council 1st District, 1834-35; Chancellor of Michigan, 1835-43, 1846-47; Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1839
  • Everette C. Farnsworth (1920-1995), American politician, Mayor of Fullerton, California, 1964-66
  • Floyd Forney Farnsworth (1869-1946), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1913-14
  • Frederick Farnsworth (1842-1914), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1896 (alternate), 1900
  • Frederick B. Farnsworth, American politician, Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, 1897

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  • 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.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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