Unsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Unsworth family

The surname Unsworth was first found in Lancashire at Unsworth, a hamlet, in the township of Pilkington, parish of Prestwich cum Oldham, hundred of Salford. [1] Now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, Unsworth dates back to 1291 when it was first listed as Hundeswrth. By 1333, the place name was known as Undesworth.

Early History of the Unsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Unsworth research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1500, 1608 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Unsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Unsworth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Unsworth, Unsworthe, Hunsworth, Hunsworthe and many more.

Early Notables of the Unsworth family (pre 1700)

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United States Unsworth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Unsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Unsworth, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Phillip Unsworth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Jesse Unsworth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1864
  • John Unsworth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880

Australia Unsworth migration to Australia +

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

Unsworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Unsworth, a weaver, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

New Zealand Unsworth 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:

Unsworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. T. B. Unsworth, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Aorangi" en route to Wellington, New Zealand on 23rd July 1892 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Unsworth (post 1700) +

  • Andrew E. Unsworth, American organist for the Salt Lake Tabernacle and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2007
  • Joseph T. Unsworth, American Republican politician, Candidate for Rhode Island State House of Representatives 29th District, 2002 [4]
  • Philip 'Phil' Nigel Unsworth (b. 1963), former English cricketer
  • Cathi Unsworth, English writer and journalist
  • James Unsworth (1844-1893), English cricketer
  • Lee Unsworth (b. 1973), English former football defender
  • David Gerald Unsworth (b. 1973), English football coach and former professional player
  • Mr. Vernon Harry Unsworth M.B.E., British diver, Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to cave diving overseas [5]
  • Emma Jane Unsworth, British short story writer from Bury, Greater Manchester
  • Sir Edgar Ignatius Godfrey Unsworth KBE, CMG, QC (1906-2006), British lawyer and judge, Chief Justice of Gibraltar, Attorney-General for Northern Rhodesia
  • ... (Another 6 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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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