Alspach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Alspach family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Alsop-le-Dale, a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, in the county of Derbyshire. "Alsop is the Elleshope of the Domesday Survey. The manor was given by the crown to William de Ferrars, Earl of Derby, from whom it passed in succession to various families. " 
"This ancient race were seated at Alsop-in-the-Dale, (Alsop-Le-Dale) in Derbyshire, about the time of the Conquest, and there continued in an uninterrupted descent for 19 or 20 generations." 
Early Origins of the Alspach family
The surname Alspach was first found in Derbyshire in the midland of England where the Pipe Rolls of 1175 include and entry for Gamel de Haleshoppe. Later, Philip Alsope was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Cheshire. 
The Hundredorum Rolls also included: William Alsape, Cambridgeshire; and Elena Alsope, Cambridgeshire. 
"The ancient and distinguished family of Alsop were seated at Alsop-in-the-Dale, in the parish of Ashbourn, at the time of the Norman Conquest, and there they continued for 19 or 20 generations. Of this family there are numerous branches, of which the Allsopps of Burton form one. There was a Richard de Alsop of Shropshire in the 13th century. The name is also found in the surrounding counties, but Derbyshire is its great home." 
Moving forward a few centuries, we did find these interesting entries in Hotten's Lists of Emigrants, (pp. 58, 78, 12): Joseph Alsopp (aged 14) went out to New England in the Elizabeth in 1635. Also Thomas Alsopp (aged 20). Also Robert Alsopp aged 18. 
In Scotland, "this surname occurs in the Aberdeen Directory, and is most probably of recent introduction from England. From Alsop in the county of Derby." 
Early History of the Alspach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alspach research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1752, 1630, 1703, 1726, 1696, 1706 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Alspach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alspach Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Alspach include Allsopp, Allsop, Alsopp, Alsop, Elleshope and others.
Early Notables of the Alspach family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Vincent Alsop (ca. 1630-1703), an English Nonconformist clergyman. Anthony Alsop (d. 1726), was an English poetical writer, educated at Westminster and Christ Church...
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Alspach migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Alspach were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Alspach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- David Alspach, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 
- Georg Heinrich Alspach, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
- Johann David Alspach, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 
- Johannes Alspach, aged 15, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
- Anna Barbara Alspach, aged 26, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
Contemporary Notables of the name Alspach (post 1700) +
- Alfred Charles Alspach Sr. (1912-2002), American co-founder of the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster in June 1939
- Dr. Daniel Alspach, American businessman who founded Orincon Corporation, now named Lockheed Martin Orincon in 1973
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The Alspach 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.
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