The ancestors of the name Answorthay date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Answorthay family 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 Answorthay family
The surname Answorthay 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 Answorthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Answorthay 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 Answorthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Answorthay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Answorthay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Answorthay include: Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.
Early Notables of the Answorthay 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 Answorthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Answorthay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Answorthay 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 Answorthay 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.