The history of the Rishworth family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk
, in the parish of Rushworth, from whence their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Rishworth family
The surname Rishworth was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
at Ruscuuorda noted in the Domesday Book
taken in 1086 by William, Duke of Normandy
, as a manse and farm having 52 goats for tax purposes. John, nephew of Waleran, the great Baron
, was the under-tenant holding from the Abbot of Ely, the chief tenant
. It was Norman practice for the sons or nephews of Barons to name themselves after their holdings to distinguish themselves from the main line of the family. Hence, John de Rushworth or Rushford.
Early History of the Rishworth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rishworth research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1276, 1368, 1612, and 1690 are included under the topic Early Rishworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rishworth Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rushworth, Ryshworth, Rishworth, Rushford, Rishford and many more.
Early Notables of the Rishworth family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Rushworth (c.1612-1690) famous English historian who after studying at Oxford settled in London as a barrister. He represented Berwick in the House of Commons but was... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rishworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rishworth family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Rishworth or a variant listed above were:
Rishworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Rishworth who was recorded as having arrived in New England in 1634
- Edward Rishworth, who landed in New England in 1643 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)