Origin of the Name Worth
The ancient history of the name Worth
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Worthen is a locality name meaning 'at the worth' from the old English word 'werdh' meaning 'an enclosed homestead'. Variants of this name include Worthe, De Worth, Worthan, Wortham, Worthon and Worth. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a William de la Worthe of County Somerset and a Roger de la Worthe of County Suffolk who were both recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name, and its variants, are usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Worth coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Worth descendants.