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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.

Adshead Early Origins



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.

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Adshead Spelling Variations


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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.

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Adshead Early History


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Adshead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adshead research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1558, 1560, 1570, and 1612 are included under the topic Early Adshead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Adshead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Adshead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Adshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Durham, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Adshead (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

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