Wark History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wark family

The surname Wark was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor and Castle of Wark, from very ancient times, before the Norman Conquest, and showed allegiance to the Bishop of Durham. Henry Percy secured the Castle of Warkworth from Edward III in 1327. He was the Commander at Hallidon Hill and Nevill's Cross. Today Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in Warkworth, Northumberland.

Early History of the Wark family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wark research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1444, 1686, 1425, 1500, 1473, 1500, 1468 and 1446 are included under the topic Early Wark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wark Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wark, Warke, Warkworth and others.

Early Notables of the Wark family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Lord Wark of Wark Castle; and John Warkworth DD (c. 1425-1500), Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge (1473-1500), and a chronicler of Edward IV. "He was a man of unknown origin. He has been supposed to be a native of the diocese of Durham, and one John Warkworth, who...
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Ireland Migration of the Wark family to Ireland

Some of the Wark 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 Wark migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wark Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Wark who settled in Georgia in 1775
Wark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Wark, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Wark, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Wark, aged 29, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • David Wark, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1813
  • H J Wark, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Wark migration to Australia +

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

Wark Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Barbara Wark, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [2]
  • Henry Wark, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [3]
  • John Wark, aged 25, a joiner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [4]
  • Henry Wark, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

New Zealand Wark 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:

Wark Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Wark, (b. 1837), aged 37, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Wark, (b. 1853), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]
  • Miss Wark, (b. 1867), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]
  • Miss Wark, (b. 1869), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wark (post 1700) +

  • Joe Wark (1947-2015), Scottish professional footballer with Motherwell, making 464 appearances from 1968 to 1984, member of the Scotland League XI National Team in 1976
  • Kirsty Wark (b. 1955), Scottish journalist and BBC television presenter
  • John Wark (b. 1957), Scottish footballer
  • Blair Anderson Wark VC, DSO (1840-1941), Australian Army officer, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • McKenzie Wark (b. 1961), Australian-born writer and scholar
  • Jacob Wark Griffith (1819-1885), American politician, Member of Kentucky State Legislature, 1854-55, 1878-79; Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War [6]

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Wark, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, June 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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