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The proud Norsworthy family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Norsworthy family originally lived in Devon at the manor of Knaworth, which later came to be spelled Noseworthy.

Norsworthy Early Origins



The surname Norsworthy was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Norsworthy Spelling Variations


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Norsworthy Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Noseworthy, Norseworthy, Nosworthy, Norseworth, Noseworth and many more.

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Norsworthy Early History


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Norsworthy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norsworthy research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1530, 1502, 1503 and 1523 are included under the topic Early Norsworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Norsworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Norsworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norsworthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Norsworthy:

Norsworthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Norsworthy, aged 35, who landed in America from Millom, in 1898

Norsworthy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • O. L. Norsworthy, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Alfred A. Norsworthy, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ralph J. A. Norsworthy, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Newton Abbot, England, in 1909
  • Claude Norsworthy, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, in 1914
  • Fredrick Norsworthy, aged 41, who landed in America from London, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Norsworthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Norsworthy (post 1700)



  • Ronald "Ron" Norsworthy, American video production designer, CEO and founder of The Norsworthy Fund
  • Samuel Norsworthy, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Johnston County, 1809-11
  • Hubert Henry Norsworthy (1885-1961), English organist and composer from Haverigg, Millom, Cumberland
  • Grant Norsworthy, Australian-born, Grammy-nominated singer and Dove-award winning musician
  • Barry Norsworthy (b. 1951), former Australian rules footballer

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Norsworthy Historic Events


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Norsworthy Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Norsworthy, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Norsworthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Norsworthy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 June 2016 at 14:19.

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