Ainsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Ainsworth family

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]

"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] The village is also called Cockey-Moor.

Important Dates for the Ainsworth family

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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.

Early Notables of the Ainsworth 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), was an English Nonconformist clergyman and scholar, educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He was the "leader of the separatist congregation at Amsterdam, and controversialist, was, according to the Lancashire historians, one of an...
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Ainsworth migration to the United States

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 [3]
  • Susanna Ainsworth, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [3]
  • Hester Ainsworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [3]
  • Thrall Ainsworth, who arrived in Connecticut in 1681 [3]
Ainsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Ainsworth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • John Ainsworth, who arrived in America in 1811 [3]
  • John Ainsworth, aged 23, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [3]
  • Jonathon Ainsworth who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • J.C. Ainsworth, who 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 [3]

Ainsworth migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [4]
Ainsworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philip Ainsworth, who landed in Canada in 1830

Ainsworth migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ainsworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Ainsworth, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Affiance" in 1863
  • Mr. Ainsworth, British settler travelling from London with his brother aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [5]

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 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Horatio Gardner Ainsworth (1917-1994), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Winnipeg, 1940; San Salvador, 1943 [6]
  • Henry A. Ainsworth, American politician, Member of Illinois State Senate 21st District, 1883-87 [6]
  • H. Miller Ainsworth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [6]
  • Danforth E. Ainsworth (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1886-89, 1893-95 [6]
  • C. W. Ainsworth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1900 [6]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ainsworth family

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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Gerald S. F.  Ainsworth, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Miss Mary  Ainsworth (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frederick J Ainsworth (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. W O George Ainsworth, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Ainsworth, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter and was lost in 1942 [10]

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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.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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