Ensworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Ensworth name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the area of Ainsworth in the parish of Middleton. Some instances, generally the Hainsworth spelling, come from Hainworth in West Yorkshire, derived in turn from an Old English personal name Hagena; while other instances of the name came from Ainsworth in the parish of Middleton, in Lancashire, from the Old English personal name Ægen.

Early Origins of the Ensworth family

The surname Ensworth was first found in Greater Manchester at Ainsworth, a small village and now a suburb within Radcliffe, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury. Historically part of Lancashire, the place name is derived from Haineswrthe which dates back to c. 1200. [1]

"The family of Aynesworth, located here, was of considerable antiquity, and is mentioned in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II, at which latter time John de Aynesworth was of Pleasington, in Blackburn parish." [2] The village is also called Cockey-Moor.

Important Dates for the Ensworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ensworth research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1881, 1523, 1554, 1571, 1622, 1560, 1571, 1660 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Ensworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ensworth Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ensworth were recorded, including Ainsworth, Ainsworthy, Aynsworth, Answorth and others.

Early Notables of the Ensworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Ainsworth ( fl. 1523), English politician from Pershore and Worcester, Member of Parliament for Worcester in 1554. Henry Ainsworth (1571-1622), was an English Nonconformist clergyman and scholar, educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He was the "leader of the separatist congregation at Amsterdam, and controversialist, was, according to the Lancashire historians, one of an...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ensworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ensworth migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ensworth family emigrate to North America:

Ensworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ensworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ensworth (post 1700)

  • Frank Ensworth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • D. A. Ensworth, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Oneonta, New York, 1835-38
  • A. S. Ensworth, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1859-60
  • Ensworth M. Godard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canton, 1930 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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