The town of Worthington, Minnesota was named for the Worthington family of Ohio, Among its members were Thomas Worthington, once Governor of that state. Worthington is one of the oldest names in America. From a member of the Worthington family it is learned that the named can be traced back to the time of the Norman Conquest in England. It is a Saxon name and originated before the time of William the Conqueror. The Saxons bearing the name lived in Derby, and there was a town of the same name. Some members of the family came to America on the Mayflower.
Submitted by: Worthington Community College, Worthington, Minnesota.