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Where did the English Alsop family come from? What is the English Alsop family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alsop family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alsop family history?The name Alsop is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Alsopenledale, a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, in the county of Derbyshire.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Alsop were recorded, including Allsopp, Allsop, Alsopp, Alsop, Elleshope and others.
First found in the county of Derbyshire in the midland of England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Their name was recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census taken by King William in 1086. At this time the name was spelt Elleshope. In 1175 Gamel Allsopp was recorded as having estates in or about the village of Alsop, in Derbyshire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alsop research. Another 274 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1752 is included under the topic Early Alsop History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Alsop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Alsop family emigrate to North America:
Alsop Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Alsop Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Alsop Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.
The Alsop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alsop 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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