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.
Early Origins of the Waterworth family
The surname Waterworth 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.
Early History of the Waterworth family
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Waterworth Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Waterworth family (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 Waterworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Waterworth family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
Waterworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Waterworth, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Waterworth (post 1700)
- Steve Waterworth, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 2004 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Lauren Waterworth (b. 1989), English vocalist, known for her work on Friends and Heroes (2007) and Kelly (1989-)
- 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)
- James Waterworth (1806-1876), English Catholic missionary priest
- Peter Andrew Waterworth (b. 1957), British barrister and diplomat, Governor of Montserrat from 2007 to 2011
- Andrew Waterworth (b. 1986), Northern Irish footballer