Early Origins of the Worby family
The surname Worby was first found in Cambridgeshire
, formerly Huntingdonshire where it is now a large parish and village. The village dates back to pre-Conquest times where the first listing was Weardebusc in 974. Literally the place name probably means "bush of a man called Wearda" having derived from the Old English personal name
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Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
By the time of the Domesday Book
, the lands were held listed as lands of St. Benedict of Ramsey. Looking back further, the family was originally derived from Verbois, near Rouen in Normandy
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Worby family
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Worby Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Worby were recorded, including Warboy, Warboyse, Warboise, Wardboys, Gardboys, Garboys, Worboy, Worboys and many more.
Early Notables of the Worby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Worby family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Worby arrived in North America very early:
Worby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Worby, aged 30, who emigrated to New York City, NY, in 1921
- Frederick Worby, aged 22, who landed in America from March, England, in 1923
- Leonard Worby, aged 32, who emigrated to America from Newcastle, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Worby (post 1700)
- David E. Worby, American trial lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, regular contributor to American Trial Lawyers Magazine
- Rachael Worby (b. 1950), American conductor, First Lady of West Virginia
- Robert Worby, English composer, sound artist, writer and broadcaster based in London