Southworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Southworth family

The surname Southworth was first found in Lancashire, principally in the area of Samlesbury Hall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Southworth. Specifically, Houghton with Middleton and Arbury was an ancient family homestead. "The three manors were granted by the Baron of Newton at an early period to the Southworths, at first of Southworth, but afterwards of Samlesbury. Sir John Southworth, said to have been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth's, is supposed to have sold much of the family property in this quarter; which is extremely probable, as in the 11th of Charles I., of all the extensive possessions of the Southworths, the manor of Samlesbury was alone remaining." [1]

Early History of the Southworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southworth research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1592 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Southworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Southworth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Southworth, Southwood, Sowarth, Southwerth and others.

Early Notables of the Southworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Southworth of Southworth; and Father John Southworth (also called Saint John Southworth) (1592-1654), an English Catholic martyr who was from the Lancashire family who lived...
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Ireland Migration of the Southworth family to Ireland

Some of the Southworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Southworth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Southworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Southworth, who arrived in America in 1620 [2]
  • Edward and Alice Southworth and her son Edward, and Constance, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Alice Southworth, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [2]
  • Alice Carpenter Southworth, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [2]
  • Thomas Southworth, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1628 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Southworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Southworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • F H Southworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • B Southworth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • A Southworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • S. C. H. Southworth, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Southworth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Southworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Alice Southworth, English convict who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Southworth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Southworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Southworth, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Southworth (post 1700) +

  • Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth (1819-1899), American writer of more than 60 novels in the latter part of the 19th century.
  • George Clark Southworth (1890-1972), American radio engineer discoverer of waveguides
  • Bobby Southworth (b. 1969), American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Daniel Southworth (b. 1974), American Actor
  • Billy Southworth (1893-1969), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Irene L. Southworth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [4]
  • Gilbert G. Southworth, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighth Bristol District, 1917-18 [4]
  • Gardner S. Southworth, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Woodstock, Illinois, 1879-87 [4]
  • Edward C. Southworth, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Saybrook; Elected 1904 [4]
  • C. B. Southworth, American politician, Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1930-31; Defeated, 1931 [4]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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