Allsep is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Allsep family once lived in Alsopenledale,
a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, in the county of Derbyshire
Early Origins of the Allsep family
The surname Allsep was first found in the county of Derbyshire
in the midland of England
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Their name was recorded in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken by King William in 1086. At this time the name was spelt Elleshope. In 1175 Gamel Allsopp was recorded as having estates in or about the village of Alsop, in Derbyshire.
Early History of the Allsep family
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Allsep Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Allsep family name include Allsopp, Allsop, Alsopp, Alsop, Elleshope and others.
Early Notables of the Allsep family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allsep family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Allsep surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Joseph Alsop who settled in New Haven in 1635; in 1647 he married Elizabeth Preston; John Alsop settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Richard Alsopp arrived in Barbados in 1680.
The Allsep 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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.