The Aswork name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the chapelry named Ashworth
anciently spelt Asseheworth
. Despite the small size of this town (only 233 in the 1861 census) many of the surname have florished since that time. 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 Aswork family
The surname Aswork 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Aswork family
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Aswork Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Aswork has undergone many spelling variations
, including Ashworth, Asworth, Ashworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Aswork family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aswork family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Aswork were among those contributors: William Ashworth who settled in Virginia in 1653; Nicholas, Sydney and William Ashworth arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832 and 1841; along with many more of the name..
The Aswork 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.