Adshead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Adshead dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in an elevated region such as the head of a valley or stream.

Early Origins of the Adshead family

The surname Adshead was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when they were traced predominantly to the Prestbury area of the shire.

Early History of the Adshead family

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Adshead Spelling Variations

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 Adshead have been found, including Adshead, Adsett, Atshead, Attshead, Adshed and others.

Early Notables of the Adshead family (pre 1700)

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United States Adshead migration to the United States +

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 Adshead, or a variant listed above:

Adshead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Adshead, aged 30, who landed in America from Lancashire, in 1893
Adshead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Thomas Adshead, aged 44, who settled in America from Manchester, in 1906
  • Joseph Adshead, aged 24, who landed in America from Preston, England, in 1910
  • Stanley Adshead, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Edwin W. Adshead, aged 36, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1915
  • Mena Adshead, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Durham, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Adshead migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Adshead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Adshead, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Miss Sarah Adshead, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Diana" on 4th December 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adshead (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Adshead (b. 1980), English cricketer
  • John Adshead (b. 1942), English football manager
  • Frank Adshead (1894-1977), English cricketer
  • Mary Adshead, British mural artist associated with Slade School and whose works adorn many public buildings in Britain
  • Kay Adshead (b. 1954), British actress, poet, and playwright
  • Herbert Bealey Adshead (1862-1932), Canadian writer and politician
  • Chris Adshead, Australian television director


  1. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diana


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