Duckworth Genealogy (Appendix A-2)

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Updated August 12, 2012

Appendix A
The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname DUCKWORTH

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The Name and Family of Duckworth

The name of DUCKWORTH is derived from the residence of its first bearers at Duckworth, an estate at Oswaldtwistle, in the Parish of Whalley. Lancashire, England.  The literal meaning of the name is "Docca's Estate," Docca being an ancient AngloSaxon personal name of uncertain origin. In ancient English and early American records the name appears in the various spellings of Ducworth, Dukeworth, Dokeworth, Dokworth, Duckeworth, Duckworth, and others.

Later branches of the family removed from Lancashire into the British counties of York, Surrey, and London. These lines in some cases were of lesser gentry of Great Britain.

The earliest definite records of the name in England are those of Henricus or Henry of  (de) Dukeworth, who was living in Yorkshire about the year 1379, and of Johannes or John Dukeworth, who was living in Yorkshire at about the same time, or soon thereafter.

Although there is considerable evidence to the effect that the Duckworths were established in the New World at an early period, the records of the emigration and of immigrant ancestors are not, for the most part, available. The first of the name of whom there is definite record in this country was Charles Duckworth, who served as a soldier in King Phillip's War in 1676, but there is no record of the immediate family or descendants of this immigrant to New England.

As early as the year 1684 one John Duckworth, probably the first of his line in America, was living in East Jersey. Later records of the family in New Jersey included those of William Duckworth, who witnessed the will of Thomas Fox, of New Hanover, Burlington County, N.J., in 1727. (The above copied from "The Name and Family of Duckworth" compiled by The Media Research Bureau, Washington, D.C. about 1940's)

A letter to the compiler of these notes dated 20 April 1951, from Ralph Duckworth, Naval Attache, British Embassy, Rio de Janeiro states in part: "My family came from Lancashire England. We have had the same land there since we got it from King Henry VIII in 1538 and my brother and I are the direct line of the family which has gone from father to son ever since the sixteenth century. The original name way back then was Dykewarden as they used to tend the dykes near the sea between Manchester and Liverpool. As far as I know all Duckworths came from this family, so I guess we must be cousins of some sort. Yours very sincerely,"

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