The history of the Wormington family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Northampton
, at Warmington,
a village and civil parish. The place dates back to c. 980 when it was listed as Wyrmingtun. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the name had evolved to Wermintone and was derived from the Old English personal name
"Wyrma" + the suffix "tun." The name literally translates to "estate associated with a man called Wyrma. The last census lists a population of 874. In Warwickshire
, there's another Warmington in the Stratford District Council area. In this case, the name also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Warmintone. Literally, the place name means "estate associated with a man called Waerme or Waermund," again from the Old English personal name
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The last census for this village listed only 297 people residing there.
Early Origins of the Wormington family
The surname Wormington was first found in Northamptonshire where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
, for their support at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They acquired the lands from the King through Peterborough Abbey and provided two fully equipped men at arms for the Abbey. The Mill at Warmington provided 325 eels annually for the King's table. This mill was restored after it had fallen into disrepair in the 19th century to now include a retail showroom.
Early History of the Wormington family
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Wormington Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Warmington, Wermington and others.
Early Notables of the Wormington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wormington family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wormington or a variant listed above were:
Wormington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Wormington, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 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)
Wormington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Wormington, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "City of Alexandria" from Havana, Cuba CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6TN-D6N : 6 December 2014), Thomas Wormington, 28 Apr 1892; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name City of Alexandria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Henry Wormington, aged 64, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool & Queenstown CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9K-153 : 6 December 2014), Henry Wormington, 08 May 1895; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Wormington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- R. V. Wormington, aged 22, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Richconcal" from Port Lobos, Mexico CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H6-4PK : 6 December 2014), R. V. Wormington, 23 Dec 1920; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Richconcal, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Wormington (post 1700)
- Hannah Marie Wormington (1914-1994), American archaeologist, known for her writings and fieldwork on southwestern and Paleo-Indians