Worth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Worth surname was a habitational name, taken on from any of various places named Worth. The place names in turn come from the Old English "worð," meaning "enclosure," or "settlement."

Early Origins of the Worth family

The surname Worth was first found in Devon at Washfield, a parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of West Budleigh. "The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £19. 7. 6., and in the gift of J. Francis Worth, Esq. The church contains an old oak screen, which has been painted white; and a curious monument with brasses to the family of Worth." [1]

Early History of the Worth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worth research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1620, 1600, 1797, 1587, 1659, 1620, 1677, 1742, 1676 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Worth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Worth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Worth, Worthe and others.

Early Notables of the Worth family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Ellis Worth (Woorth)(c. 1587-1659), a noted English actor in the Jacobean and Caroline eras, a leading member of two important companies: Queen Anne's Men and Prince Charles's Men; Roger Worthe, mayor of Exeter, on record in 1620 in the Vide Visitation of Devon; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Worth family to Ireland

Some of the Worth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Worth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Worth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phillip Worth, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Philip Worth, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • Lionel Worth, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • John Worth, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Roger Worth, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Worth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederick Worth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [2]
  • Martin Worth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
Worth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Worth, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [2]
  • Wilhelm Worth, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • M Worth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Gottlieb Worth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [2]
  • William Worth, who landed in New York in 1863 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Worth migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Worth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Worth U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Australia Worth migration to Australia +

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

Worth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Worth, aged 31, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [4]
  • Benjamin Worth, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [5]

New Zealand Worth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Worth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Gibson Worth, (b. 1857), aged 1 year 6 months, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Sarah Worth, (b. 1830), aged 28, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [6]
  • Mr. Charles F Worth, (b. 1833), aged 25, English plasterer from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [6]
  • Mr. Richard Charles Worth, (b. 1853), aged 5, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [6]
  • Miss Emily Sarah Worth, (b. 1855), aged 3, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Worth (post 1700) +

  • William Jenkins Worth (1794-1849), United States general during the Mexican-American War, War of 1812, and Second Seminole War, namesake of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Valerie Worth (1933-1994), penname of Valerie Worth Bahlke, American poet and author of children's books
  • Nicholas Worth (1937-2007), American actor
  • Michael Worth, American actor
  • Marvin Worth (1925-1998), American Oscar nominated film producer
  • Jonathan Worth (1802-1869), American politician, 39th Governor of North Carolina (1865 to 1868)
  • Irene Worth CBE (1916-2002), American actress
  • H. M. Worth, American discoverer of Worth syndrome genetic disorder
  • George Worth (1915-2006), American three-time gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist fencer
  • Bobby Worth (1912-2002), American songwriter
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Linda Worth (1905-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Worth +

  • 4007 "A Genealogical History of the Clark & Worth Families and Other Puritan Settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony" by Carol Clark Johnson.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx


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