The name Illworthy first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Illworthy family
The surname Illworthy was first found in Yorkshire
at Illingworth, a village that dates back to 1276 when it was first listed as Illingworthe. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Illworthy family
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Illworthy Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Illworthy has appeared include Illingworth, Ilingworth, Illingsworth and others.
Early Notables of the Illworthy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Illworthy family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Illworthy arrived in North America very early: Joshua Illingsworth settled in Newcastle county in Delaware in 1852; William and James Illingworth settled in Philadelphia in 1834 and 1866.