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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.
The surname Ashworth was first found in Lancashire at Ashworth, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family named Ashworth was seated here as early as the 13th century, and appears to have been succeeded by the Holts." 
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.
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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 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 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 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
Ashworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Ashworth, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
- Joseph Ashworth, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
- Mary A Ashworth, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
Ashworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edmund Ashworth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
- John Ashworth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
Ashworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Ashworth, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Jane Ashworth, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Jane E. Ashworth, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Robert Johnson Ashworth (1909-2008), American Republican politician, lawyer
- Sylvia Lula Ashworth (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, Chiropractor; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1924
- P. J. Ashworth, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1940, 1944
- Lon L. Ashworth, American Republican politician, Chair of McDowell County Republican Party, 1949
- James Ashworth, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 1st Pennsylvania District, 1879
- Harvey Ashworth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1960, 1964
- Eugene B. Ashworth, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1996
- David D. Ashworth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932, 1936; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1932-33
- Ben H. Ashworth (b. 1888), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 7th District, 1925-28; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1937; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1940
- Annetta Ashworth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1956
- 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.
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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- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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