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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.

Workman Early Origins



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.

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Workman Spelling Variations


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Workman Spelling Variations



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.

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Workman Early History


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Workman Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Workman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Workman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Workman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Workman In Ireland


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Workman In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Workman, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • John Workman, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Workman, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Workman, who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Workman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fra Workman, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Hendrick Workman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Workman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Workman, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jane Workman, who landed in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Workman, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Workman, aged 16, who landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Agnes Workman, aged 13, who landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Workman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Solomon Workman, aged 22, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Rebecca Workman, aged 44, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Nancy Workman, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Mary Workman, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Robert Workman, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838

Workman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Workman, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Jane Workman, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • William Workman, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Ernest Workman, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Workman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Workman (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Workman


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Suggested Readings for the name Workman



  • Some Branches of the Workman Tree by Ralph Hall Sayre.
  • Workman Family History by Thelma C. Anderson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 19 July 2017 at 09:41.

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