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The ancestry of the name Aspinall dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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.

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The surname Aspinall 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 of England in 1066, they founded the town of Aspinall in that county.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Aspinall have been found, including Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinwall, Aspinwal, Aspinshaw, Aschmell, Ashmell, Asmall, Espinall, Espinwall, Espinshaw and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aspinall research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1923, 1648, 1662 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Aspinall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aspinall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Aspinall, or a variant listed above:

Aspinall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Aspinall, who came to America in 1641
  • Henry Aspinall, who settled in Maryland in 1663
  • John Aspinall, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Henry Aspinall, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Jno Aspinall, who arrived in Virginia in 1664


Aspinall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Aspinall, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Charles Aspinall, who arrived in New York in 1845

Aspinall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Aaron Aspinall, aged 47, a stone mason, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • O. Aspinall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Mary E. Aspinall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • William Aspinall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Thomas Aspinall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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  • William H. Aspinall, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Weston, West Virginia, 1881-87
  • Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896-1983), American Democrat politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1931-38; Member of Colorado State Senate, 1939-48
  • Owen Stuart Aspinall (1927-1997), American Democrat politician, American Samoa Territory Attorney General, 1961-62; Secretary of American Samoa Territory, 1962-67; Governor of American Samoa, 1967-69
  • Albert M. Aspinall, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 27th District, 1967
  • Owen Stuart Aspinall (1927-1997), American attorney and politician who served as the 45th Governor of American Samoa
  • Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896-1983), American lawyer and politician from Colorado
  • Sir John Audley Frederick Aspinall (1851-1937), British mechanical engineer with English Railways
  • Mike Aspinall (b. 1983), English rugby union player
  • Mr. James Aspinall, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Ian Aspinall (b. 1961), British actor

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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Aspinall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aspinall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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