- This is a very rare dialectal form of the Olde English village names either Wortley or Wordsley. The meaning in both cases is much the same, the fenced area of pasture from the 6th century 'wyrt-leah'. There are several examples of the village names, although the predominant area is Yorkshire and Lancashire. Locational names were give to people when they moved from the original village, but as they moved further away the spelling form became more distorted, sometimes to the point of being totally unrecognisable. In this case Wortley often exchanged the 't' for a 'd' as it moved south, and sometimes it added letters even into the present century, as in the case of Whordley. We can offer any explanation except a combination of local dialect, which was very strong, and poor spelling, which persists today! Examples of the name recordings include George Worthlye who married Agnis Horne at Bampton, Oxon, on December 4th 1582, James Wordley, who married Diana Burr at the church of St Mary le Bone, London on May 24th 1779, and Charles Whardley, christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on November 25th 1810. The Coat of Arms is from the time of Richard 11, the blazon being silver, on a bend between six martlets in red, three gold bezants. This indicates a soldier of fortune. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Sir Nicholas de Wortley which was dated Circa 1377, recorded in the Jenyns Roll of Chivalry, during the reign of King Richard 11, known as Richard of Bordeaux, 1377 - 1399. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Surnames reference. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Wortley — could be:*Wortley, South Yorkshire *Wortley, West Yorkshire district of Leeds … Wikipedia
Wortley — Wortley, so v.w. Montague 3) u. 4) … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Wortley — Original name in latin Wortley Name in other language State code GB Continent/City Europe/London longitude 53.48333 latitude 1.53333 altitude 220 Population 0 Date 2011 07 31 … Cities with a population over 1000 database
Wortley, West Yorkshire — Wortley (pronounced Wurt lee ) is a district of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It begins a one kilometre (⅔ of a mile) to the west of the city centre. In the 1086 Domesday Book it is mentioned as Wirtlei , also Wirtleie and Wrleia .Later it was… … Wikipedia
Wortley Top Forge — is an historic former ironworks originally dating back to the seventeenth century, although evidence suggests iron working took place in the vicinity as early as the fourteenth century. It is situated in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, in… … Wikipedia
Wortley Hall — is a stately home in the small South Yorkshire village of Wortley, located west of Barnsley. For more than five decades the hall has been chiefly associated with the British Labour movement. It is currently used by several trades unions and other … Wikipedia
Wortley railway station — was a railway station on the Sheffield, Ashton under Lyne and Manchester Railway lying between Deepcar and Penistone. It was built to serve the village of Wortley, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Wortley Hall, near the village, is the home of… … Wikipedia
Wortley High School — is a smaller than average secondary school which serves an area of high socio economic deprivation in the Wortley, Armley, and Bramley areas of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. And as of the 1st September 2008 has become an Arts College.tudentsA… … Wikipedia
Wortley, Leeds — Coordinates: 53°47′12″N 1°35′08″W / 53.7867°N 1.5855°W / 53.7867; 1.5855 … Wikipedia
Wortley, South Yorkshire — infobox UK place country = England latitude= 53.4833 longitude= 1.5333 map type= South Yorkshire official name= Wortley population = metropolitan borough= Barnsley region= Yorkshire and the Humber metropolitan county = South Yorkshire post town=… … Wikipedia