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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Worsley come from when the family resided in the parish of Worsley, in Huntingdonshire. However, evidence indicated that the surname Worsley may have occasionally been derived from other small localities of the same name in southern England. The surname Worsley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Worsley Early Origins



The surname Worsley was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Workesley, about seven miles from Manchester, from early times. Sir Elias Workesley was the first Lord of the manor. "One of the earliest crusaders, Elias or Elizeus, founder of the family of Worsley, is said to have held the manor of Workesley soon after the Conquest. It remained in this family until the reign of Edward III., when Alice, sister and sole heiress of Sir Geoffrey Worsley, conveyed it by marriage to Sir John Massey, of Tatton." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early records of the family were also found in the parish of Godshill, again in Lancashire. The family seat "is an elegant structure of freestone, with four fronts of the Corinthian order, containing many superb apartments, begun by Sir Robert Worsley, and completed by his descendant, Sir Richard; in the hall are some beautiful Ionic columns of porphyry, and a good collection of ancient sculptures and paintings. The hill at the entrance to the park is richly clothed with wood, and embellished with an artificial ruin called Cook's Castle; and on the summit of the principal eminence within the grounds is an obelisk of Cornish granite, nearly 70 feet high, to the memory of Sir Robert Worsley." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
In Southampton in the parish of Gatcomb another early branch of the family was found. "Gatcomb Park, the seat of a branch of the ancient family of Worsley, of Appuldurcombe, originally of Worsley, in the county of Lancaster, is a handsome residence." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Worsley Spelling Variations


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Worsley Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Worsley has been recorded under many different variations, including Worseley, Workesley, Worsley and others.

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Worsley Early History


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Worsley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worsley research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1512, 1710, 1605, 1676, 1622, 1656, 1589, 1621, 1613, 1666, 1622, 1656, 1654, 1643, 1675, 1669, 1747, 1672 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Worsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Worsley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Worsley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Edward Worsley (1605-1676), an English Jesuit writer and professor from Lancashire; Major General Charles Worsley (1622-1656), an English soldier and politician, a supporter of Oliver Cromwell and an officer in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War; Sir Richard Worsley, 1st Baronet...

Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worsley Notables 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Worsley or a variant listed above:

Worsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Worsley settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • George Worsley settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1704

Worsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph and Thomas Worsley arrived in Philadelphia in 1868

Worsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Worsley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Worsley, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Worsley, aged 33, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Charles Worsley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • S. Worsley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Worsley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Worsley (post 1700)



  • Wallace A. Worsley Sr. (1878-1944), American stage actor and silent film director who directed 29 films, best known for his The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
  • Dr Giles Arthington Worsley MA PhD, FSA (1961-2006), English architectural historian, author, editor, journalist and critic
  • Joseph Paul Richard Worsley MBE (b. 1977), retired English rugby union player
  • Colonel Sir William Arthington Worsley (1890-1973), 4th Baronet of Hovingham Hall, an English amateur first-class cricketer
  • Sir William Henry Arthington Worsley (1861-1936), 3rd Baronet of Hovingham Hall
  • Sir William Cayley Worsley (1828-1897), 2nd Baronet of Hovingham Hall
  • Sir William Worsley (1792-1879), 1st Baronet of Hovingham Hall
  • Sir Richard Worsley (1751-1805), 7th Baronet of Appuldurcombe
  • Sir Thomas Worsley (1728-1768), 6th Baronet of Appuldurcombe
  • Philip Stanhope Worsley (1835-1866), English poet
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Worsley Historic Events


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Worsley Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Cornelius Worsley (1918-1941), Australian Acting Electrical Artificer 4th Class from Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  10. 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).
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