Ellingworth Coat of Arms / Ellingworth Family Crest
The surname of ELLINGWORTH was a locational name 'of Illingworth' a chapelry in the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English word ILLINWORD. The name is also spelt ILLINGWORTH, ILLINGSWORTH and ELINGWORTHE. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Early records of the name mention Hugo de Ingelworth, who was recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1379, and Agnes de Elyngworth, listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Johannes de Illyngworthe was listed in the same document. John Illingworthe married Alice Justice in London in the year 1585, and John Illingsworth and Sarah Howes were wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1790. William Illingworth and Hannah Vaughan were married at the same church in 1808. Translation of arms: Argent (white) means Peace and Sincerity, the escallop shell was a badge much used by Pilgrims, and is a common bearing in coat armour. Sable (black) was the sable fur.
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