Ashworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Ashworth name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the chapelry named Ashworth anciently spelt Asseheworth in Lancashire. Despite the small size of this town (only 233 in the 1861 census) many of the surname have flourished since that time. [1]

The first part of the name, Ash, was originally given to a person who resided in an area where ash trees flourished. Now there are numerous parishes and townships called Ashworth in many counties and there are also various minor localities of this same name from which smaller lines of the name may have emerged.

Early Origins of the Ashworth family

The surname Ashworth was first found in Lancashire at Ashworth, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family named Ashworth was seated here as early as the 13th century, and appears to have been succeeded by the Holts." [2]

An early variant of the family was Ashwardby. Of this name, we could find only one reference, that of John Ashwardby ( fl. 1392), "a follower of Wycliffe, is described by Tanner, no doubt by an inference from his surname, as a Lincolnshire man. " [3]

Early History of the Ashworth family

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Ashworth Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashworth include Ashworth, Asworth, Ashworthe and others.

Early Notables of the Ashworth family (pre 1700)

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United States Ashworth migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashworth or a variant listed above:

Ashworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ashworth who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • William Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Rich Ashworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [4]
Ashworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1745 [4]
  • George Ashworth, who settled in Virginia in 1745
  • Zacheriah Ashworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1745 [4]
  • John Ashworth, who landed in Virginia in 1745 [4]
  • Allis Ashworth, listed as a runaway convict servants in Maryland in 1774
Ashworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T Ashworth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • Nicholas, Sydney and William Ashworth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832 and 1841
  • Richard Ashworth, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842 [4]
  • James Ashworth, aged 29, who arrived in Missouri in 1847 [4]

Canada Ashworth migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ashworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ashworth, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • Joseph Ashworth, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • Mary A Ashworth, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
Ashworth Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Edgar A Ashworth, (b. 1884), aged 21, Cornish schoolmaster travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Lytton, British Columbia, Canada [5]

Australia Ashworth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ashworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Ashworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [6]
  • John Ashworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [6]

New Zealand Ashworth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ashworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ashworth, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tuscan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th September 1842 [7]
  • Mr. Abraham Ashworth, (b. 1838), aged 23, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Ashworth, (b. 1845), aged 18, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • Mr. George Ashworth, (b. 1853), aged 10, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • George Ashworth, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashworth (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Howard "Gerry" Ashworth (b. 1942), American gold medalist sprinter at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Donald "Don" W. Ashworth (b. 1931), American musician, member of The Tonight Show Band
  • Christopher Michael "Chris" Ashworth (b. 1975), American actor, best known for his portrayal of Sergei Malatov in The Wire
  • Tom Ashworth (b. 1977), American professional NFL football player
  • Ernie Ashworth (b. 1928), American county music singer and longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Vice Admiral Frederick L "Dick" Ashworth (1912-2005), American US Navy officer who served as the weaponeer of the mission that dropped the Atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945
  • John H Ashworth (b. 1879), American professor of economics
  • Eugene B. Ashworth, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1996 [9]
  • David D. Ashworth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932, 1936; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1932-33 [9]
  • Ben H. Ashworth (b. 1888), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 7th District, 1925-28; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1937; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1940 [9]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Ashworth, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Frank Ashworth, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack Ashworth (b. 1920), English Leading Seaman from Rossendale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Eric Robert Ashworth, English Leading Sick Berth Attendant from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]


The Ashworth 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: Appetitus rationi pareat
Motto Translation: Let your desires obey your reason.


Suggested Readings for the name Ashworth +

  • 3195 "Descendants of George Frazier, Joseph Journey, Patrick Calvert, Thomas Endicott, Sr., John Ashworth, Sr., as They Entered "into this Fruitful Valley"" by Gloria M. Cox.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Constitution.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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