The name Alselin reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Alselin family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Alselin family lived in Huntingdon
. The name is also derived from the ancient baptismal name Ansell.
That name is derived from the Germanic elements ans,
It derived some popularity from the fact that it was borne by a number of famous medieval churchmen. Notably, St. Anselm (c.1033-1109), the Benedictine monk was known as "the father of Scholasticism."
Early Origins of the Alselin family
The surname Alselin was first found in Nottinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alselin family
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Alselin Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Alselin include Aslin, Aslen, Aslan, Asslin, Aslein, Ascelin, Asselin, Asselyn, Astlen, Aslyn, Asling and many more.
Early Notables of the Alselin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alselin family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Alselins to arrive on North American shores: John Aslein, who sailed to New York in 1811; and John Asslin, who was recorded in Ontario in 1879.