The ancient roots of the Windworthy family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Windworthy comes from when the family lived in either of the places called Wentworth in Cambridgeshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Windworthy 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 Windworthy family
The surname Windworthy 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 Windworthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windworthy 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 Windworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Windworthy Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Windworthy has appeared include Wentworth, Winterwade, Wintworth and others.
Early Notables of the Windworthy 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 Windworthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Windworthy family to Ireland
Some of the Windworthy 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 Windworthy family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Windworthy arrived in North America very early: William Wentworth, born in Lincolnshire
, who came to Massachusetts in 1636; Hugh Wentworth, who settled in Bermuda in 1635; Ken Wentworth settled in Virginia in 1652.
The Windworthy 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.