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The name Ainsworth first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their 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.

Ainsworth Early Origins



The surname Ainsworth 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. [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The village is also called Cockey-Moor.

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Ainsworth Spelling Variations


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Ainsworth Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ainsworth has appeared include Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.

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Ainsworth Early History


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Ainsworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ainsworth 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 Ainsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ainsworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ainsworth Early Notables (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 Ainsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ainsworth arrived in North America very early:

Ainsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anchor Ainsworth, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645
  • Susanna Ainsworth, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Hester Ainsworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • Thrall Ainsworth, who arrived in Connecticut in 1681

Ainsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Ainsworth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Michael Ainsworth who landed in America in 1752

Ainsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Ainsworth, who arrived in America in 1801
  • John Ainsworth, who arrived in America in 1811
  • John Ainsworth, aged 23, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Jonathon Ainsworth who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • J. C. Ainsworth landed in San Francisco in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ainsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Ainsworth, who landed in Mississippi in 1901

Ainsworth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Geo Ainsworth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jean Ainsworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Ainsworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Ainsworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel and William Ainsworth were drummers at St. John's Newfoundland in 1774

Ainsworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Philip Ainsworth, who landed in Canada in 1830

Ainsworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Ainsworth arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Affiance" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ainsworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ainsworth (post 1700)



  • John Edgar Ainsworth (1920-2004), American physicist and polymath who worked for NASA
  • Alexandra Danielle "Lexi" Ainsworth (b. 1992), American actress, known for her role as Kristina Davis on General Hospital
  • Kurt Harold Ainsworth (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2001 through 2004
  • Laura Ainsworth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • J. Laban Ainsworth, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 8th District; Elected 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Claremont 2nd Ward, 1956
  • Horatio Gardner Ainsworth (1917-1994), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Winnipeg, 1940; San Salvador, 1943
  • Henry A. Ainsworth, American politician, Member of Illinois State Senate 21st District, 1883-87
  • H. Miller Ainsworth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • Danforth E. Ainsworth (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1886-89, 1893-95
  • C. W. Ainsworth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1900
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ainsworth Historic Events


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Ainsworth Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Master Jack Ainsworth (1903-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Maude N. Ainsworth (1902-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Edith Ainsworth (1867-1914), née Smith English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Master Eric Ainsworth (1907-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Gerald S. F.  Ainsworth, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Mary  Ainsworth (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frederick J Ainsworth (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W O George Ainsworth, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Ainsworth, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter and was lost in 1942

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Suggested Readings for the name Ainsworth


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Suggested Readings for the name Ainsworth



  • The Genealogy of the Ainsworth Families in America by Francis J. Parker.
  • Our Ainsworth Heritage by Lucille Dickinson Ainsworth.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. 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.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Ainsworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ainsworth 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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