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The Noseworthy history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Noseworthy history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Noseworthy family originally lived in Devon at the manor of Knaworth, which later came to be spelled Noseworthy.

Noseworthy Early Origins



The surname Noseworthy 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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Noseworthy Spelling Variations


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Noseworthy 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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Noseworthy Early History


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Noseworthy Early History



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

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Noseworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Noseworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Noseworthy 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



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Noseworthy or a variant listed above:

Noseworthy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Austin P. Noseworthy, aged 0, who emigrated to America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1911
  • Laura Gladys Noseworthy, aged 25, who landed in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1911

Noseworthy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John and Mary Noseworthy, who were both on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
  • N. Noseworthy, aged 13, who arrived at Newfoundland, in 1893

Noseworthy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A. Noseworthy, aged 28, who arrived at Halifax Nova Scotia, in 1903
  • Jessie Noseworthy, aged 18, who arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1907
  • Mary Noseworthy, aged 16, who arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1907
  • Minnie Noseworthy, aged 5, who arrived at Manuels, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • Harrison Noseworthy, aged 3, who arrived at Manuels, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Noseworthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Noseworthy (post 1700)



  • Jack Noseworthy (b. 1969), American actor, known for his roles in Event Horizon (1997), Surrogates (2009) and U-571 (2000)
  • Frederick "Fred" Noseworthy (1871-1942), Newfoundland track and field athlete who represented Canada at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Joseph W Noseworthy (1888-1956), Newfoundland born- Canadian politician, member of the Canadian Parliament
  • John Noseworthy, Canadian politician, Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador (2002-2011)
  • Kelly Noseworthy, Canadian journalist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    11. ...

    The Noseworthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noseworthy 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 25 February 2016 at 12:45.

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