Warsop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Warsop surname is thought to be a habitational or local name, taken on from the name of the town of Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England, recorded in the Domesday Book as "Wareshope," and thought to derive from the Old English name "Woer" and "hop," meaning an enclosed valley.

Early Origins of the Warsop family

The surname Warsop was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warsop, where Roger de Bully or Buslei, a Norman Baron held the estates and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. He was from Bully in Neufchatel.

Early History of the Warsop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warsop research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1379 and 1397 are included under the topic Early Warsop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warsop Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Warsop, Warsap, Warshop, Washop, Warshopp, Washup, Washopp, Worsnop and many more.

Early Notables of the Warsop family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Warsop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Warsop migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warsop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Warsop, a bonded passenger, who settled in America in 1760
Warsop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Warsop, who was on record in Detroit in 1854

Contemporary Notables of the name Warsop (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Warsop (1778-1845), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Nottingham Cricket Club from 1800 to 1803
  • William Warsop, English professional cricketer who made three appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1789 to 1791
  • Brian Warsop (1904-1993), English cricketer from Willesden, Middlesex for Essex (1931-1932)
  • Robert Warsop (b. 1781), English cricketer who made seven appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1789 to 1826


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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