Works History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Works family

The surname Works was first found in Essex where they held a family seat 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.

Early History of the Works family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Works research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Works History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Works Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Work, Werk, Wirk, Worge and others.

Early Notables of the Works family (pre 1700)

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United States Works migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Works Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Farrington H Works, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Henry Works, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • John Works, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Moses Works, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
Works Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Works, aged 22, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Marion Works, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Boulogne [3]
  • Austin Works, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [4]
  • John Works, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from New York [5]
  • Samuel Dalles Works, aged 57, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Works (post 1700) +

  • Pierce "Caddy" Works (1896-1982), American men's head basketball coach of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1921 to 1939
  • Samuel Works (1781-1868), American politician, New York State Senator (1837-1844)
  • John Downey Works (1847-1928), American politician, United States Senator from California (1911-1917)


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXVG-8ZQ : 6 December 2014), John Works, 28 Jul 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5D-H48 : 6 December 2014), Marion Works, 05 Oct 1908; citing departure port Boulogne, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX1C-1ZW : 6 December 2014), Austin Works, 14 Aug 1909; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CH-B6K : 6 December 2014), John Works, 21 Sep 1920; citing departure port New York, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GY-NMS : 6 December 2014), Samuel Dalles Works, 09 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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