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Worth Family History

Worth Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Worth for example in Cheshire Dorset Sussex and Kent from Old English worth ‘enclosure settlement’. The vocabulary word probably survived into the Middle English period in the sense of a subsidiary settlement dependent on a main village and in some cases the surname may be a topographic name derived from this use. Compare Worthy . North German: topographic name from Middle Low German wort ‘enclosure elevated piece of land farmstead’ or a habitational name from a place so named in northern Germany.

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


Similar surnames: Worthy, North, Warth, Forth, Mort, Wirth, Garth, Wortham, Horth, Worl

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Where is the Worth family from?

You can see how Worth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Worth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Worth families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 458 Worth families living in Yorkshire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Worth's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Worth families in 1891.
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What did your Worth ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Worth. 8% of Worth men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Worth women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Worth were Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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Census Records

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Worth. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Worth census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Worth. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Worth. For the veterans among your Worth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Worth lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Worth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Worth in 1945 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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