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Where did the English Ashworth family come from? What is the English Ashworth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ashworth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ashworth family history?

The ancient history of the Ashworth name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the chapelry named Ashworth anciently spelt Asseheworth in Lancashire. Despite the small size of this town (only 233 in the 1861 census) many of the surname have florished since that time. The first part of the name, Ash, was originally given to a person who resided in an area where ash trees flourished. Now there are numerous parishes and townships called Ashworth in many counties and there are also various minor localities of this same name from which smaller lines of the name may have emerged.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashworth include Ashworth, Asworth, Ashworthe and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, perhaps even earlier than the 11th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashworth research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ashworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashworth or a variant listed above:

Ashworth Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Ashworth who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Wm Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Rich Ashworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Ashworth Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1745
  • George Ashworth, who came to Virginia in 1745
  • Zacheriah Ashworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1745
  • John Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1745
  • Allis Ashworth, listed as a runaway convict servants in Maryland in 1774

Ashworth Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • T Ashworth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Nicholas, Sydney and William Ashworth arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832 and 1841
  • Richard Ashworth, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842
  • James Ashworth, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1847

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  • John H Ashworth (b. 1879), American professor of economics
  • Vice Admiral Frederick L "Dick" Ashworth (1912-2005), American US Navy officer who served as the weaponeer of the mission that dropped the Atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945
  • Ernie Ashworth (b. 1928), American county music singer and longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Tom Ashworth (b. 1977), American professional NFL football player
  • Christopher Michael "Chris" Ashworth (b. 1975), American actor, best known for his portrayal of Sergei Malatov in The Wire
  • Donald "Don" W. Ashworth (b. 1931), American musician, member of The Tonight Show Band
  • Gerald Howard "Gerry" Ashworth (b. 1942), American gold medalist sprinter at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Frederick Ashworth (b. 1919), English physicist
  • Andrew Ashworth CBE, QC, English Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford and one of the UK's leading criminologists
  • Abel Ashworth (1864-1938), English rugby union footballer

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  • Descendants of George Frazier, Joseph Journey, Patrick Calvert, Thomas Endicott, Sr., John Ashworth, Sr., as They Entered into this Fruitful Vall.
  • by Gloria M. Cox.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Appetitus rationi pareat
Motto Translation: Let your desires obey your reason.

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Ashworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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