Show ContentsHeyworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Heyworth has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in or near the settlement of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Hayward's Heath in Sussex is another possible origin of the name. Early spellings of the name were listed as Huarth and later as Hearwarthe.

The surname Heyworth belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Heyworth family

The surname Heyworth was first found in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Today Haworth is a rural village within the City of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, best known by the vicarage and former residence of the Brontë sisters. Their father was the vicar. Haworth dates back to 1209 when it was first listed as Hauewrth and literally meant "enclosure with a hedge," from the Old English words "haga" + "worth." [1]

The Lancashire branch originated at Haworth in the Parish of Rochdale, Salford hundred. One of the first records of the name was Robert de Haworth, Abbot of Stanlaw Abbey, resigned after having served 24 years as Abbot in 1292. [2]

Robert de Hawrth was listed in the Yorkshire Pipe Rolls. Alicia de Haworth was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Johannes Haueworth and Johannes de Haworth were also listed on the same roll. [3]

Early History of the Heyworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heyworth research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1419, 1447, 1683, 1676, 1679, 1680 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Heyworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heyworth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heyworth have been found, including Haworth, Howarth and others.

Early Notables of the Heyworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Heyworth (died 1447), Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield (1419-1447.) Samuel Haworth (fl. 1683), was an English empiric, a native of Hertfordshire, and probably the son of William Haworth, who wrote against the Hertford Quakers (1676.) "In 1679 he was a 'student of physic' living next door to the Dolphin in Sighs Lane, and dealing in quack tablets and a tincture. He was patronised...
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United States Heyworth migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heyworth, or a variant listed above:

Heyworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Heyworth, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [4]
  • Alice Heyworth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1699 [4]
Heyworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emerson O. Heyworth, aged 21, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • John Wm. Heyworth, aged 25, who landed in America from Nelson, in 1904
  • Ellen Heyworth, aged 4, who settled in America from Burnley, England, in 1908
  • Annie Heyworth, aged 22, who landed in America from Burnley, England, in 1908
  • Eliza Ann Heyworth, aged 27, who landed in America from Stanley, Co. Durham, England, in 1910
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Australia Heyworth migration to Australia +

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

Heyworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Heyworth, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Heyworth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heyworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Heyworth, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859

Contemporary Notables of the name Heyworth (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence Heyworth Jr. (1921-2003), American navel officer, rear admiral in the United States Navy, Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1968
  • Peter Lawrence Frederick Heyworth (1921-1991), American-born English music critic and biographer
  • Lawrence Heyworth (1786-1872), English merchant and politician based in Liverpool, Member of Parliament for Derby, eponym of Heyworth, Illinois which was named after him by grateful officials of the Illinois Central Railroad
  • Isobel Heyworth, English female singer-songwriter from Manchester
  • Sir Geoffrey Heyworth (1894-1974), 1st Baron Heyworth, British businessman and public servant, Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries and Unilever, lead author of The Heyworth Report (1965)
  • Brit Heyworth Marling (b. 1983), American actress, screenwriter and film producer, best known for her work on Another Earth, The East

The Heyworth 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: Quod ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope that I shall be.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. 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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook