Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ainswerth is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the area of Ainsworth
in the parish of Middleton. Some instances, generally the Hainsworth spelling, come from Hainworth in West Yorkshire
, derived in turn from an Old English personal name Hagena;
while other instances of the name came from Ainsworth in the parish of Middleton, in Lancashire
, from the Old English personal name Ægen.
Early Origins of the Ainswerth family
The surname Ainswerth was first found in Greater Manchester at Ainsworth, a small village and now a suburb within Radcliffe, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury. Historically part of Lancashire
, the place name is derived from Haineswrthe which dates back to c. 1200. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The family of Aynesworth, located here, was of considerable antiquity, and is mentioned in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II, at which latter time John de Aynesworth was of Pleasington, in Blackburn parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The village is also called Cockey-Moor.
Early History of the Ainswerth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ainswerth research.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1881, 1523, 1554, 1571, 1622, 1660 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Ainswerth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ainswerth Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ainswerth has been spelled many different ways, including Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.
Early Notables of the Ainswerth family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Ainsworth ( fl.
1523), English politician from Pershore and Worcester, Member of Parliament for Worcester in 1554; Henry Ainsworth (1571-1622), an English... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ainswerth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ainswerth family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ainswerths to arrive in North America: Michael Ainsworth who landed in America in 1752; Jonathon Ainsworth who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; and two Johns, who landed at the same port in 1846 and 1860.
The Ainswerth Motto
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: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.