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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of various places called Worton. Most are named with Old English wyrt ‘plant’, ‘vegetable’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, i.e. a kitchen garden, but in some cases the first element may be Old English worð ‘enclosure’ (see Worth), and in the case of Nether and Over Worton in Oxfordshire (Hortone in Domesday Book, Orton in other early sources), it is Old English ōra ‘bank’, ‘slope’.

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