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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Worster family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Worster is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a person who made sausages, a skill which has been held in high regard since the Middle Ages. The surname Worster is derived from the Old German word Wurst, or Wurstmacher, which denotes a sausage-maker.

Worster Early Origins



The surname Worster was first found in Bavaria, where the Wurster family held a family seat from ancient times. Their allegiances were sought eagerly by princes of the region in attempts to enhance and consolidate their political power.

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Worster Spelling Variations


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Worster Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Worster include Wurster, Wursten, Wurstel, Wurstere, Wurstle, Wurst, Wuester, Wuersten, Wuestel, Wuestere, Wuerstle, Wuerst, Worster, Worsten, Worstel, Worstere, Worstle, Worst, Woerster, Woersten, Woerstel, Woerstere, Woerstle and many more.

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Worster Early History


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Worster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worster research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1746 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Worster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Worster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Worster Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Worster 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



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Worster or a variant listed above:

Worster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Worster arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Worster, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Rebeca Worster, aged 18, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656
  • Rebeca Worster arrived in New England in 1656
  • Peter Worster arrived in New York, New York in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Worster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Worster arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Worster, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738

Worster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W.W Worster, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Valentin Worster, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1894

Worster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Heinrich Worster, aged 23, who landed in America from Balser, in 1903
  • Margaret Worster, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Blyth, England, in 1909
  • Jacob Worster, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Schillurg, Russia, in 1910
  • Johan Peter Worster, aged 19, who landed in America from Schilling, Russia, in 1912
  • Amalia Worster, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Schiling, Russia, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Worster (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Worster (post 1700)



  • Steve Worster (b. 1949), former American football player inducted into the Texas Longhorn Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame
  • Donald Ross Worster (b. 1941), Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

    The Worster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Worster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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