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

The ancestry of the name Aspinall dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Aspinwall, which was in the parish of Aughton in Lancashire county. The name Aspinwall literally means the aspen-well, referring to a well near a grove of aspen trees.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Aspinall have been found, including Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinwall, Aspinwal, Aspinshaw, Aschmell, Ashmell, Asmall, Espinall, Espinwall, Espinshaw and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat for many centuries, and where, at an early time, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, they founded the town of Aspinall in that county.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aspinall research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1923 is included under the topic Early Aspinall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Aspinall, or a variant listed above:

Aspinall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Aspinall, who came to America in 1641
  • Henry Aspinall, who settled in Maryland in 1663
  • John Aspinall, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Henry Aspinall, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Jno Aspinall, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Aspinall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Aspinall, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Charles Aspinall, who arrived in New York in 1845


  • Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896-1983), American lawyer and politician from Colorado
  • Owen Stuart Aspinall (1927-1997), American attorney and politician who served as the 45th Governor of American Samoa
  • Mike Aspinall (b. 1983), English rugby union player
  • Sir John Audley Frederick Aspinall (1851-1937), British mechanical engineer with English Railways
  • Butler Cole Aspinall (1830-1875), Australian lawyer
  • Ian Aspinall (b. 1961), British actor


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The Aspinall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aspinall 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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