Asmell is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Asmell family once lived in the settlement of Aspinwall,
which was in the parish of Aughton in Lancashire
county. The name Aspinwall
literally means the aspen-well,
referring to a well near a grove of aspen trees.
Early Origins of the Asmell family
The surname Asmell was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
for many centuries, and where, at an early time, probably well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066, they founded the town of Aspinall in that county.
Early History of the Asmell family
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Asmell 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 Asmell family name include Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinwall, Aspinwal, Aspinshaw, Aschmell, Ashmell, Asmall, Espinall, Espinwall, Espinshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Asmell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asmell 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 Asmell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Aspinwall, who arrived in Salem, MA in 1630; William Aspinwall, his wife Elisabeth and their daughter Mary Aspinwall, who came to Charlestown, MA in 1630.