Origin of the Name Worthington
The ancient history of the name Worthington
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Worthington is of locality origin and is taken from several places in Lancashire and Leicestershire. The original derivation of this name is from the old English word 'worth' meaning an enclosed homestead. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a William de Wurthington who was recorded in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire in the year 1246. A John Worthyngton was recorded in the 'Calendar of Inquisitiones Post Mortem' of Nottinghamshire in the year 1439. 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 the name Worthington is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Worthington 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 Worthington descendants.