Worrtly is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Wortley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name was recorded as Wirteleie in the Domesday Book
. It is composed of the Old English elements wyrt,
which means vegetable, and leah,
which means forest clearing. The place-name meant "forest clearing where vegetables are grown." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
names were originally preceded by a preposition, such as de, at, atte, by, in.
After the Norman Conquest
, the usual preposition was de,
which was used in both English and French place-names. In French names beginning with a vowel, the de
was often merged with the name. For example, de Ash
would become D'ash
and later, Dash.
By the end of the 14th century, prepositions were frequently assimilated or dropped from the surname.
Early Origins of the Worrtly family
The surname Worrtly was first found in South Yorkshire
at Wortley, home to Wortley Manor, a stately home which was rebuilt by Sir Richard Wortley in 1586. Today it is home to a group of local
trade union activists that purchased the estate in 1951. Wedding ceremonies and day visitors are welcome. "This place, which had been for many generations the property and residence of the Wortley family, was, on the demise of Sir Francis Wortley, Bart., the last male heir, conveyed, by marriage with his daughter and heiress, to the Hon. Sidney Montagu." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Worrtly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worrtly research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1577, 1579, 1583, 1592, 1652 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Worrtly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Worrtly Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Worrtly family name include Wortley, Wortly and others.
Early Notables of the Worrtly family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Francis Wortley of Wortley, High Sheriff
1577, Custos Rotulorum of the West Riding of Yorkshire
, 1579-1583; Sir Richard Wortley, of Wortley Hall, Yorkshire; and... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worrtly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Worrtly family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Worrtly surname or a spelling variation of the name include: W. Wortley settled in San Francisco in 1850.
The Worrtly 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: Avito viret honore
Motto Translation: He flourishes through the honour of his ancestors.