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An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Workman family. Workman is a name for a laborer. The surname Workman comes from the Old English word work, or weorc, both of which mean "work." In the Middle Ages, the word workman was also applied to ambidextrous people as a nickname. The more common derivation, however, is the occupational one, which was a name given to a laborer.
The surname Workman was first found in the Orkneys, were they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name is believed to be derived from the lands of Work, from the parish of St. Ola.
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Workman include Workman, Wortman, Wartman, Wergman, Wirgman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Workman research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Workman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Workman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Workman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Workman:
Workman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Workman, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
- Richard Workman settled in Virginia in 1648
- John Workman settled in Virginia in 1653
- John Workman, who landed in Virginia in 1653
- William Workman settled in Virginia in 1655
Workman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Fra Workman, who landed in Virginia in 1705
- Hendrick Workman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
Workman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Workman, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804
- Jane Workman, who landed in America in 1805
- Jas Workman, who arrived in America in 1805
- Margaret Workman, aged 16, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
- Agnes Workman, aged 13, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
Workman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Solomon Workman, aged 22, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
- Rebecca Workman, aged 44, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
- Nancy Workman, aged 9, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
- Mary Workman, aged 4, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
- Robert Workman, aged 3, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
Workman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Workman, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
- Jane Workman, aged 45, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
- William Workman, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
- Ernest Workman, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
- David Workman (1797-1855), English-born, American pioneer in the Los Angeles area
- Peter Workman, American founder of Workman Publishing Company, an independent publisher of trade books and calendars in 1968
- William Henry Workman (1839-1918), American politician, banker and businessman, 18th Mayor of Los Angeles (1886-1888)
- Shanelle Workman (b. 1978), American actress, best known for playing Sarah "Flash" Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live
- Harry Hallworth "Hoge" Workman (1899-1972), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher and National Football League player and coach
- Fanny Bullock Workman (1859-1925), American geographer, cartographer, explorer, and mountaineer, one of the first female professional mountaineers who set several women's altitude records, published eight travel books with her husband
- Brandon Carlin Workman (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox
- Andrew Boyle Workman (1868-1942), American politician and businessman, President of the Los Angeles City Council (1919 to 1927)
- Haywoode Wilvon Workman (b. 1966), retired American NBA basketball player
- Lyle Workman, American guitarist, composer, session musician and music producer
- Some Branches of the Workman Tree by Ralph Hall Sayre.
- Workman Family History by Thelma C. Anderson.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
The Workman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Workman 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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