Worthy Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname of Worthy has two possible sources from which it was originally derived. The first possible origin of the surname of Worthy is that it is a locational surname. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Worthy, the location from which it was derived is most likely within the country of England, from places in Devon or Hampshire. Within the area of Hampshire there were three places that bore the name of Worthy. The name itself derives from the Old English, Pre 7th Century word of “worthing” which can be translated to mean “an enclosure.” The second possible origin of the surname of Worthy is that it was a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the instance of the surname of Worthy, this name was given to someone who was a respected member of the community, or someone who was deemed to have worth. This meaning of the surname of Worthy derives from the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “weorth” which can be translated to mean “having value.”

Spelling Variations
Worth, Nosworthy, Warth, Wrath, Wirth, Werth, Worthey, Wororthy

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Notables
Jerel Worthy (born in 1990) who is a National Football League (NFL) football defensive end for the Green Bay Packers who is from the United States of America.
William Worthy Jr. (born in 1921) who was a civil rights activist and African-American journalist.
James Ager Worthy (born in 1961) who is a is a retired Hall of Fame college and professional basketball player from the United States of America.
Rick Worthy (born in 1967) who is an actor from the United States of America.
Christopher John “Chris” Worthy (1947-2007) who is a retired professional ice hockey player from the country of Canada.
Calum Worthy (born in 1991) who is a singer and musician from Victoria, British Columbia, and who is an actor.
Trevor H. Worthy (born in 1957) who is a paleo zoologist from the country of New Zealand.
Dave Worthy (1934-2004) who served as a Member of the Canadian House of Commons from the year of 1988 to the year of 1993, and who was a politician from the country of Canada.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Gules a saltire argent fretty azure between twelve cinquefoils or. Crest—A griffin passant, wings endorsed or.

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