Wormald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wormald family

The surname Wormald was first found in Yorkshire 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 14th century when Alexander held estates in 1379.

Early History of the Wormald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wormald research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1429, 1592, 1748, 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wormald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wormald Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wormald, Wormall, Wormhall, Wormal, Wormeley, Wormell, Warmoll, Wormull, Wormhull, Wormill, Wermall and many more.

Early Notables of the Wormald family (pre 1700)

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


United States Wormald migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wormald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. E. Wormald, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1838

Australia Wormald migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wormald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward J. Wormald, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wormald (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth "Kenny" Wormald (b. 1984), American professional dancer who has appeared in films and many music videos, best known for his role as Ren McCormack in the 2011 remake of Footloose
  • Alfred Wormald (b. 1855), English first-class cricketer, who played in seven matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1885 and 1891
  • Thomas Wormald (1802-1873), English surgeon, born at Pentonville in January 1802, son of John Wormald, a partner in Messrs. Child's bank, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1824 [2]
  • Sir Christopher Stephen Wormald K.C.B. (b. 1968), British Permanent Secretary for Department of Health was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of Bath on 17th June 2017
  • Charles Patrick Wormald (1947-2004), British historian who taught early medieval history at the University of Glasgow from 1974 to 1988
  • Jenny Wormald FRHist, FSA Scot, FRSA,, Scottish historian

HMS Royal Oak
  • James Lawrence Wormald (1901-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick William Wormald (d. 1912), aged 36, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [4]


The Wormald Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Noli Me Tangere
Motto Translation: Do Not Touch Me.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 13 Feb. 2019
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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