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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Nosworthy family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. 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 Nosworthy family originally lived in Devon at the manor of Knaworth, which later came to be spelled Noseworthy.

Nosworthy Early Origins



The surname Nosworthy 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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Nosworthy Spelling Variations


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Nosworthy 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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Nosworthy Early History


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Nosworthy Early History



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

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Nosworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nosworthy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Nosworthy:

Nosworthy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tristrum and Ann Nosworthy, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Ann Nosworthy, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Joan Nosworthy, who came to Virginia in 1664
  • Edw. Nosworthy, who was on record in Virginia in 1666

Nosworthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Nosworthy, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • Mary Nosworthy, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850

Nosworthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R. D. Nosworthy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Mary J. Nosworthy, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nosworthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nosworthy (post 1700)



  • Blanche Nosworthy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Nyron Paul Henry Nosworthy (b. 1980), English-born, Jamaican international football player
  • David Owen Nosworthy (b. 1967), South African former cricketer
  • Lieutenant General Sir Francis Poitiers Nosworthy KCB DSO MC (1887-1971), British Army officer, Commander-in-Chief of West Africa Command during World War II
  • William Nosworthy (1867-1946), New Zealand politician, 23rd Minister of Finance (1925-1926), 4th Minister of External Affairs (1926-1928), 8th Minister of Agriculture (1919-1926)
  • David Nosworthy (b. 1967), New Zealand cricket coach

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Nosworthy Historic Events


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Nosworthy Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Richard Cater Nosworthy (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from Newton Abbot, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Nosworthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nosworthy 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 1 April 2016 at 14:09.

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