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Where did the English Waterworth family come from? What is the English Waterworth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waterworth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waterworth family history?

Waterworth is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Waterworth family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadsuuorde or Wadsworth.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Waterworth include Wadsworth, Wadworth, Wadesworth, Wordsworth and others.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waterworth 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 Waterworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waterworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waterworth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Waterworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

Waterworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Waterworth, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Waterworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Waterworth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

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  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Waterworth, English voice actress, known for her work on Horrid Henry (2006), Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig (2011) and Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011)
  • Lauren Waterworth (b. 1989), English vocalist, known for her work on Friends and Heroes (2007) and Kelly (1989-)
  • Andrew Waterworth (b. 1986), Northern Irish footballer
  • Peter Andrew Waterworth (b. 1957), British barrister and diplomat, Governor of Montserrat from 2007 to 2011
  • James Waterworth (1806-1876), English Catholic missionary priest


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The Waterworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waterworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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