as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1260 when Richard Work held estates.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Worke, who came to Virginia in 1639; Thomas Work, who is on record in Virginia in 1776; John Work, who was listed as a "British Alien".