Show ContentsIllingworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Illingworth is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the chapelry of Illingworth in the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Illinword, which refers to an enclosure.

Early Origins of the Illingworth family

The surname Illingworth was first found in Yorkshire at Illingworth, a village that dates back to 1276 when it was first listed as Illingworthe. [1]

Early History of the Illingworth family

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Illingworth Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Illingworth are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Illingworth include: Illingworth, Ilingworth, Illingsworth and others.

Early Notables of the Illingworth family (pre 1700)

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United States Illingworth migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Illingworth or a variant listed above:

Illingworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Illingworth, aged 35, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [2]
  • William and James Illingworth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834 and 1866

Australia Illingworth migration to Australia +

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

Illingworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Illingworth, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Samuel Illingworth, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [4]
  • Samuel Illingworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]
  • Dorothy Illingworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Illingworth 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:

Illingworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Illingworth, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Illingworth (post 1700) +

  • William H. Illingworth (1844-1893), English-born, American photographer of the Montana and Dakota Territories
  • Raymond "Ray" Illingworth CBE (1932-2021), English cricketer, cricket commentator and administrator, one of only nine players to have taken 2,000 wickets and made 20,000 runs in first-class cricket
  • William Illingworth (1764-1845), English archivist, the third son of William Illingworth, tradesman, of Nottingham [6]
  • Nigel John Bartle Illingworth (b. 1960), former English cricketer
  • Richard Illingworth (b. 1963), English cricketer and first-class cricket umpire
  • John William Illingworth (1904-1964), English footballer
  • Leslie Gilbert Illingworth (1902-1979), Welsh political cartoonist, best known for his work for the Daily Mail and as chief cartoonist at the British satirical periodical Punch
  • Sir Charles Frederick William Illingworth (1899-1991), British surgeon, a specialist in gastroenterology
  • Frederick Illingworth (1844-1908), Australian politician

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 11 August 2020 on Facebook