The ancestors of the bearers of the Ainsworthay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Ainsworthay family
The surname Ainsworthay 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 Ainsworthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ainsworthay 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 Ainsworthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ainsworthay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ainsworthay include Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.
Early Notables of the Ainsworthay 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 Ainsworthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ainsworthay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ainsworthay or a variant listed above: 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 Ainsworthay 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.