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About the study
Various theories have been put forward as to the origin of the name, but they differ widely.
The Arms of the Worthingtons of Worthington in Lancashire were granted by the College of Arms in 1536. They consist of 'Argent three dung forks sable' and the crest 'A goat statant browsing at a clump of nettles vert'. This may have been to symbolise the pastoral life with which they had been associated but the dung forks were a pun on the word 'worthing' which was dialect for manure.
Historical occurrences of the name
Dr Thomas Worthington 1546-1626 President of the Roman Catholic English College at Douai
Dr John Worthington 1617-1657 Master of Jesus College, Cambridge and Vice-Chancellor of the University
Capt John Worthington 1651-1701 Member of the Maryland, USA Legislature
Rev Hugh Worthington 1712-1797 Renowned Unitarian Minister of Leicester
William Worthington 1723-1800 Founder of the Worthington brewery in Burton on Trent
Thomas Worthington 1773-1827 First Senator and sixth Governor of Ohio, USA
Thomas Worthington 1826-1909 Prominent architect of Manchester
Distribution of the name
By this time there were also significant numbers in the USA and Australia