The ancestors of the name Wansworthe date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in either of the places called Wentworth in Cambridgeshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Wansworthe belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wansworthe family
The surname Wansworthe was first found in Yorkshire
in the Saxon Wappentake of Strafford, held by Ulsi, a Saxon Thane. Another reference claims the that Wentworth was a chapelry in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearne in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. It is here at Wentworth that the Old Trinity Church still stands today.
"The estate is said to have been in the possession of the family before the Norman Conquest. The name is written in [the] Domesday [Book, as] Winterwade and in the XIII century it was changed to Wyntword. The male line continued at Wentworth until the extinction of the earldom of Strafford in the XVIII centruy; and the existing Wentworth, of Wentworth Castle, is descended from the family on the female side." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"Thomas Wentworth of 1587 lies in rich armour on his tomb, with his wife in a Paris hat and dainty ruff, both a little battered. Sir William has a canopied wall monument with a family group kneeling at prayer" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mee, Arthur (ed) , The King's England Yorkshire West Riding. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1950. Print
"The most remarkable member of this family was Sir Thomas Wentworth, the second Baronet, celebrated in history as the Earl of Strafford, after whose attainder and execution in 1641, his estates and titles were restored to his son William, who dying without issue in 1695, left his estates to the Hon. Thomas Watson, third son of his eldest sister Anne, who had married Edward Watson, Lord Rockingham. Mr. Watson, on succeeding to his uncle's property, assumed the name of Wentworth in addition to his own.
The mansion of the Wentworth family, originally called Wentworth-Woodehouse, was rebuilt by the first Marquess of Rockingham, who gave it its modern appellation of Wentworth House." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wansworthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wansworthe research.Another 520 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1700, 1730, 1791, 1799, 1744, 1462, 1424, 1464, 1448, 1499, 1478, 1550, 1501, 1551, 1525, 1584, 1558, 1593, 1591, 1667, 1626, 1599, 1660, 1640, 1642, 1591, 1667, 1660, 1686, 1626, 1695, 1593, 1641, 1632 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Wansworthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wansworthe Spelling Variations
Wansworthe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Wansworthe have been found, including Wentworth, Winterwade, Wintworth and others.
Early Notables of the Wansworthe family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Wentworth (died 1462), esquire, of North Elmsall, Yorkshire; and his son, Sir Philip Wentworth, Knight, of Nettlestead, Suffolk (c.
1424-1464), an English knight and courtier; Sir Henry Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk
, KB (c.
1448-c. 1499), de jure 4th Baron
Despenser, grandfather of... Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wansworthe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wansworthe family to Ireland
Some of the Wansworthe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wansworthe family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wansworthes to arrive on North American shores: William Wentworth, born in Lincolnshire
, England, who came to Massachusetts in 1636; Hugh Wentworth, who settled in Bermuda in 1635; Ken Wentworth settled in Virginia in 1652.
The Wansworthe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En Dieu est tout
Motto Translation: In God is everything.