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

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

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

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worthey research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1620, 1600, 1797, 1587, 1659 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Worthey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worthey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Worthey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Worth, who settled in Virginia in 1636; Phillip Worth settled in Virginia in 1622; Lionel Worth settled in Boston in 1630; Peter and Mary Worth settled in Virginia in 1655.

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The Worthey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Worthey 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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