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Where did the German Worthen family come from? What is the German Worthen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Worthen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Worthen family history?

The German surname Worthen was derived from the Low German word "werth," denoting an inkeeper or landlord.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Werthen, Werthern, Wurthern, Woerthern, Worthen, Worthern, Warthern, Werther, Werthenberg, Worther, Werther, Werten and many more.

First found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worthen research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1665, 1702, 1728, 1730, 1772, 1791, 1806, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Worthen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 50 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worthen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Worthen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • H Worthen, aged 26, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847

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  • Joey Worthen (b. 1979), American soccer player
  • Samuel Lee Worthen (b. 1958), is a former American NBA player
  • Shawn Worthen (b. 1978), former American football defensive tackle
  • Molly Worthen (b. 1981), American writer and journalist
  • John E. Worthen (b. 1933), the American 11th President of Ball State University and the 20th President of Indiana University
  • Major Ezekiel Worthen, American New Hampshire native who participated in the American Revolutionary War


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  8. 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).
  9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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The Worthen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Worthen 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.

This page was last modified on 15 March 2012 at 16:09.

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