Aylesworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Aylesworth is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aylesworth family lived in Warwickshire where they were first established as Lords of the Manor of Kineton.

Early Origins of the Aylesworth family

The surname Aylesworth was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kineton. Conjecturally they are descended from a Norman noble who occupied this manor at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This Norman held his land from the King, and the estates were originally called Quintone, a market village.

Important Dates for the Aylesworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aylesworth research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aylesworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aylesworth Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Aylworth, Aylesworth, Ayleworth, Ailsworth, Alesworth, Aleworth, Ailworth, Hailworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Aylesworth family (pre 1700)

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Aylesworth migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Aylesworth name or one of its variants:

Aylesworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Aylesworth, who settled in New England in 1674

Contemporary Notables of the name Aylesworth (post 1700)

  • Thomas Gibbons Aylesworth, American Editor, Connecticut
  • Reiko Aylesworth (b. 1972), American film and television actress
  • Arthur Aylesworth (1883-1946), American actor
  • Michael J. Aylesworth (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1992; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2004 [2]
  • Wilbert Ross Aylesworth (d. 1973), Canadian politician, farmer and merchant
  • Allen Bristol Aylesworth (1854-1952), Canadian lawyer and parliamentarian
  • Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton (1903-1999), Canadian parliamentarian, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons from 1963 to 1966
  • Lieutenant General Gordon Aylesworth Blake (1910-1997), American Air Force Officer who served from 1962-1965 as director of the National Security Agency
  • Aylesworth Bowen Perry CMG (1860-1956), longest-serving Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (1900-1923)

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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