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Worthington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Lancashire and Leicestershire named Worthington; both may have originally been named in Old English as Wurðingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Wurð’, but it is also possible that the first element was Old English worðign, a derivative of worð ‘enclosure’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Withington, Wormington, Washington, Warrington, Whittington

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Where is the Worthington family from?

You can see how Worthington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Worthington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Worthington families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 52 Worthington families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Worthington's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Worthington families in 1840.
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What did your Worthington ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Worthington. 16% of Worthington men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Worthington women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Worthington were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Worthington. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Worthington. For the veterans among your Worthington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Worthington lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Worthington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Worthington in 1941 was 62, and 75 in 2004.

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