The ancient stock of Wentworth-Woodhouse, co. York, has been rooted in that shire from the earliest period to which the genealogist can usually ascend in his investigations. Of the orthography of the lands, whence originated the name, Domesday Book and all the old charters have it Winteworth, and such is still the pronunciation of the common people, who do not easily fall into new modes of speech. As to its derivation, Mr. Hunter, in his History of Doncaster, make the following remarks: "The latter half of the name (worth) is one of the most frequent local terminals, and appears to denote some degree of cultivation. The former half accords room for conjecture. It has been suggested that it may be the word givint, preserved in the Breton language, which is a dialect of the Celtic, where it denotes elevation. This sense would undoubtedly apply well to Wentworth, which stands high, as does also another place of the same name in the Isle of Ely, relative to the fens around it. Celtic etymologists are, however, to be admitted with great caution in investigating the names of places cultivated or populated, and perhaps the scribe of Domesday, who, in one of five instances in which the word occurs, has written it thus, Wintrerworde, may have presented us with an ancient and expiring orthography, from when we may conclude that the name of Wentworth is to be classes with Winterton, Winterburn, Winteredge, and other places, which obtained those names from the high, exposed, or cold situations." While the lands of Wentworth-Woodhouse continued to be the seat of chiefs and descended from sire to son in an unbroken series till the succession of male heirs failed with William, the 2nd Earl of Strafford, the junior scions of the family founded, in several instances, houses of rank and influence, the Wentworths of Woolley, of North and South Elmsal, of Bretton, of Nettlested, &c.
Father: William WENTWORTH , Esq b: ABT 1199 in Wentworth, Yorkshire, England
Marriage 1 Emma de WODEHOUSE b: ABT 1223 in Wodehouse, Yorkshire, England
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