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The name Wadsworth was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Wadsworth family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadsuuorde or Wadsworth.

Wadsworth Early Origins



The surname Wadsworth was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Wadsuuorde or Wadsworth. This place was recorded in the Domesday Book taken in 1086 as 'King's Land', a Moorland with two churches and scattered houses. An isolated building within the village is said to be the setting for Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. The village was granted by King William, to Roger de Bully, believed to be the ancestor of the Wadsworths, for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Years later, records show Adam de Waddeswrth listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in 1275. In the parish church of Silkstone, the name was recorded as Waddysworth (1556), Wardsworth (1656), Wadsworth (1666) and finally as Wordsworth (1668). Longfellow's middle name was Wadsworth.

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Wadsworth Spelling Variations


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Wadsworth Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wadsworth has been recorded under many different variations, including Wadsworth, Wadworth, Wadesworth, Wordsworth and others.

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Wadsworth Early History


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Wadsworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadsworth research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1675, 1604, 1656, 1622, 1730, 1817 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Wadsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wadsworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wadsworth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Wadsworth (1594-1675), English-born early pioneer of New England, founder of Hartford, Connecticut and the patriarch of numerous and prominent Wadsworth descendants of North America; James Wadsworth (1604-c.1656), an English man who on a sea voyage to Spain (1622) was captured by Moorish...

Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wadsworth 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wadsworths were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wadsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Wadsworth, who was on record in Virginia in 1621
  • Christopher Wadsworth, who was on record in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632
  • William Wadsworth, his wife Sarah Talcott, their daugher Sarah and sons William and John, who were all on record in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Mary Wadsworth, who settled in Boston in 1632
  • Christopher Wadsworth, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wadsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Wadsworth, a bonded emigrant who came to America in 1751

Wadsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wadsworth, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Dawson Wadsworth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Robert Wadsworth, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846
  • C Wadsworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Wadsworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emma Wadsworth, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Wadsworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wadsworth landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Wadsworth, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Sarah Wadsworth, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • John Wadsworth, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • William Wadsworth, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wadsworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wadsworth (post 1700)



  • Elijah Wadsworth (1747-1817), American captain in the American Revolutionary War and a Major General in the War of 1812
  • James Wolcott Wadsworth Jr. (1877-1952), American politician, U.S. representative and U.S. Senator from New York
  • James Jeremiah Wadsworth (1905-1984), American diplomat, Ambassador to the UN
  • James Wolcott Wadsworth (1846-1926), American politician, U.S. representative from New York
  • James S. Wadsworth (1807-1864), American politician, philanthropist, and general in the Civil War
  • James Wadsworth (1768-1844), American pioneer, land agent, philanthropist
  • Frederick Elijah Wadsworth (1786-1869), born in Litchfield, Connecticut, he became an Ohio militia officer, businessman, banker, and politician
  • Frank W. Wadsworth (1919-2012), American Shakespearean scholar, author, and sportsman
  • Decius Wadsworth (1768-1821), American Colonel in the U.S. Army before and during the War of 1812 who developed the Wadsworth cipher based on a design by Thomas Jefferson
  • Andre Wadsworth (b. 1974), former American college and professional NFL football player
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wadsworth


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Suggested Readings for the name Wadsworth



  • George Allen Wadsworth-Pilley to Panaca by Helen Free VanderBeek.
  • The Wadsworth Family in America, 1632-1985 by Mary Jane Fry Wadsworth.

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    Other References

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    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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