Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Norworthy is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or near "the north wood," as in the northernmost wood within a particular jurisdiction; or in one of the several places named Norwood or Northwood found throughout England.
Early Origins of the Norworthy family
Oxfordshire where the name was derived from the words "north" + "wood." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Some of the family were found in the parish of Sittingbourne in Kent where: "It is an incident worthy of notice in the ancient history of this town, that Henry V. was entertained at the Red Lion here, by John Northwood, a gentleman resident in the vicinity, at the expense of nine shillings and ninepence." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Norworthy family
Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Norworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Norworthy Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Norworthy has been spelled many different ways, including Norwood, Northwood, Norwold, Narwold and others.
Early Notables of the Norworthy family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norworthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Norworthy family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Norworthys to arrive in North America: Francis Norwood, who arrived in Boston in 1630; Richard Norwood settled in Virginia in 1643; Mary Norwood settled in Montserrat in 1685; Richard Norwood settled in Georgia in 1733..
The Norworthy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sub cruce vinces
Motto Translation: Under the cross, we shall conquer.
Norworthy Family Crest Products