Killingsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Killingsworth family

The surname Killingsworth was first found in Northumberland where Killingworth is a township in the parish of Long Benton. "It is situated on a commanding eminence, in the midst of a fertile and pleasing tract of country. An extensive colliery belonging to Lord Ravensworth and partners is in full operation, employing about 600 men and boys." [1]

Early rolls revealed: Adam de Kellyngworthe in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273; and Thomas de Killingworth was vicar of Windham as listed in the Feet of Fines of 1388. [2]

John Chillingworth ( fl. 1360), was an early English "mathematician, a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, where he studied with great diligence, and founded a school of zealous promoters of mathematical inquiries. He wrote learned treatises on astrology, rejected the extravagances, but retaining what he judged to be the sane substratum, of the science." [3]

John Chillingworth (d. 1445), was another English "astronomer, who trod in the footsteps and inherited the fame of his predecessor of the same name, with whom he has sometimes been confounded. Like him, he was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and like him he cultivated with especial predilection mathematical studies. " [3]

The Feet of Fines of 1561 list Thomas de Killingworth, in Norfolk. [4]

Early History of the Killingsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Killingsworth research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1644, 1618, 1620 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Killingsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Killingsworth Spelling Variations

The name, Killingsworth, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Killingworth, Chillingworth, Shillingworth and others.

Early Notables of the Killingsworth family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Chillingworth (1602-1644), English theologian, the son of a well-to-do citizen of Oxford, who afterwards held the office of mayor, and must have been a man of literary or theological interests, as Laud, at that time fellow of St. John's College, acted as...
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United States Killingsworth migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Killingsworth surname who came to North America were:

Killingsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wiley S. Killingsworth, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1897
Killingsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter M. Killingsworth, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Wisbeck, England, in 1923
  • Allen Killingsworth, aged 28, who immigrated to Chicago, Ill, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Killingsworth (post 1700) +

  • Robert Killingsworth (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Cleve L. Killingsworth, American former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Daniel Killingsworth (1835-1862), American lawyer and Confederate officer
  • Edward Killingsworth (1917-2004), American architect
  • Thomas Killingsworth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [5]
  • Ray Killingsworth, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1948 [5]
  • A. J. Killingsworth, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1978 [5]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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