Worthy name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Worthy

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Wor"thy
  1. Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous."Full worthy was he in his lordes war." [Chaucer.]"These banished men that I have kept withal Are men endued with worthy qualities." [Shak.]"Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be." [Milton.]"This worthy mind should worthy things embrace." [Sir J. Davies.]
  2. Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; -- usually with of before the thing compared or the object; more rarely, with a following infinitive instead of of, or with that; as, worthy of, equal in excellence, value, or dignity to; entitled to; meriting; -- usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one."No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway." [Shak.]"The merciless Macdonwald, Worthy to be a rebel." [Shak.]"Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear." [Matt. iii. 11.]"And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know More happiness." [Milton.]"The lodging is well worthy of the guest." [Dryden.]
  3. Of high station; of high social position.(Obs)" Worthy women of the town." [Chaucer.]

Etymology: OE. worthi wurþi, from worth wurþ, n.; cf. Icel. verðugr, D. waardig, G. würdig, OHG. wirdīg. See Worth (n.)

noun Wor"thy
A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; -- much used in the plural; as, the worthies of the church; political worthies; military worthies .
verb Wor"thy
To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An important, honorable person (word is often used humorously)
  2. Worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
  3. Having qualities or abilities that merit recognition in some way ("behavior worthy of reprobation" and "a fact worthy of attention")
  4. Having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable ("a worthy fellow" and "a worthy cause")

From Middle English worthy, wurthi, from Old English *weorþiġ (“"worthy"”), equivalent to worth +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch waardig (“worthy”), Middle Low German werdig (“worthy”), German würdig (“worthy”), Swedish värdig (“worthy”), Icelandic verðugt (“worthy”).

  1. a distinguished or eminent person

From Middle English worthien, wurthien, from Old English weorþian (“to esteem, honor, worship, distinguish, celebrate, exalt, praise, adorn, deck, enrich, reward”), from Proto-Germanic *werþōną (“to be worthy, estimate, appreciate, appraise”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with German werten (“to rate, judge, grade, score”), Swedish värdera (“to evaluate, rate, size up, assess, estimate”), Icelandic virða (“to respect, esteem”).

    worthy was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

    Notable Persons Named Worthy

    Notable Persons Named Worthy

    Worthy de Jong

    Worthy de Jong is a basketball player for the Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden, Challenge Sports Rotterdam, and BS Leiden in the Dutch Basketball League. He was most prominent from 2009 to present. Worthy was born on March 14th, 1988 in Paramaribo.

    Worthy S. Streator

    Worthy S. Streator was a railroad promoter, coal mine developer, and rail transport. Worthy was born on October 16th, 1816 in Hamilton, New York, U.S. He passed away on March 6th, 1902.

    Worthy Patterson

    Worthy Patterson is a basketball player for the Scranton Miners and Atlanta Hawks. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 1960. Worthy was born on June 17th, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Worthy

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Worthy

    James Worthy

    James Worthy is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to 1994. James was born on February 27th, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina.

    Calum Worthy

    Calum Worthy is an actor, writer, and producer. He has been prominent since 2001. Calum was born on January 28th, 1991 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

    Rick Worthy

    Rick was born on March 12th, 1967 in Detroit.

    Jerel Worthy

    Jerel Worthy is a football player for the Buffalo Bills. His ongoing career started in 2012. Jerel was born on April 26th, 1990 in Dayton, Ohio.

    Kym L. Worthy

    Kym L. Worthy is a Wayne County Prosecutor and Wayne CountyProsecutor. Kym was born in 1957.

    William Worthy

    William Worthy was a journalist. William was born on July 7th, 1921 in Boston. He died in 2014.

    • James Worthy

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Worthy U.S.
      White 38.29% 64.26%
      African American 55.84% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.40% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.25% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.15% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Worthy

    People with the last name Worthy are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Worthy

  1. How Popular is the name Worthy? Worthy is the 19,556th most popular name of all time. As a last name Worthy was the 4,040th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Worthy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 387 babies born with the first name Worthy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Worthy to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Worthy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Worthy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Worthy is Monday, March 10th, 1873.
  5. What year had the most people named Worthy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Worthy was in 1924 with a total of 15 babies.
  6. Random Worthy Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Worthy is not a popular baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in West Virginia have the same name in 1935.
  7. Weird things about the name Worthy: The name spelled backwards is Yhtrow. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Twohry. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Worthy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,795 people with the last name Worthy.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Worthy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Worthy as their last name.
  10. Worthy name meaning

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