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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The village is also called Cockey-Moor.
Early History of the Ensworth family
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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), an English... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ensworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ensworth family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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
The Ensworth 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: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.