Show ContentsLangworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Langworthy surname lived in Langworth, Lincolnshire 1 where the first record was found in Saxon time as Longwathe c. 1055. The place name literally means "long ford," from the Viking "langr" +"vathe." 2 The place name Langwith are related and are found in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, but these places are recorded after the Lincolnshire parish.

Early Origins of the Langworthy family

The surname Langworthy was first found in Lincolnshire where William de Langwathe was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 3 Later in Nottinghamshire, Thomas Langworth was recorded in 1463. 4

"The Langworthys were established in Ashburton and its neighbourhood in the 16th and 17th centuries. Alexander Langworthy was an Ashburton churchwarden in 1563; and the name was represented in Widecombe in the 16th and 17th centuries." 5

Early History of the Langworthy family

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Langworthy 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 Langworthy 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. The variations of the name Langworthy include: Langworth, Langworthy and others.

Early Notables of the Langworthy family

Notables of the family at this time include Benjamin Langwith (1684?-1743), English antiquary and natural philosopher, a Yorkshireman, born about 1684. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, and elected fellow and tutor (Cooper, Memorials of Cambridge, i. 314). He graduated B.A. in 1704, M.A. in 1708, B.D. in 1716, and D.D. in 1717 (Cantabr. Graduati, 1787, p. 233). Thoresby placed his son under his care, but was obliged to remove him, owing to Langwith's negligence. He was instituted to the rectory of Petworth...
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Langworthy Ranking

In the United States, the name Langworthy is the 14,014th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 6

United States Langworthy 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 Langworthy or a variant listed above:

Langworthy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Langworthy, who arrived in New York in 1798 7
Langworthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S. S. Langworthy, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • L C Langworthy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 7

West Indies Langworthy migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 8
Langworthy Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Langworthy, who settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Langworthy (post 1700) +

  • Edward Langworthy, American teacher who was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Georgia, he signed the Articles of Confederation
  • Lucius Hart Langworthy (1807-1865), American politician, Member of Iowa territorial legislature 9
  • Lloyd Barber Langworthy (1892-1965), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1948 9
  • John Langworthy Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Stonington, 1821 9
  • Herman Moore Langworthy (b. 1880), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1936, 1940 9
  • Harold Morton Langworthy (b. 1909), American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 20th District, 1954 9
  • Edward Langworthy (1808-1893), American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Dubuque, Delaware, Black Hawk and Fayette counties, 1844 9
  • Edward Langworthy (1738-1802), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Georgia, 1777-79; Signer, Articles of Confederation, 1777 9
  • Cyrus Langworthy (1791-1874), American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1842 9
  • Benjamin Franklin Langworthy (1822-1907), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 13th District, 1859-60 9
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  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook