Answith is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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 Answith family
The surname Answith 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 Answith family
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Answith 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 Answith family name include Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.
Early Notables of the Answith 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 Answith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Answith 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 Answith surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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 Answith 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.