Show ContentsEspinal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Espinal is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having 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.

Early Origins of the Espinal family

The surname Espinal 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.

Early History of the Espinal family

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Espinal Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Espinal has been recorded under many different variations, including Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinwall, Aspinwal, Aspinshaw, Aschmell, Ashmell, Asmall, Espinall, Espinwall, Espinshaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Espinal family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Aspinwall (fl. 1648-1662), a nonconformist English minister ejected in 1662, "of the Lancashire Aspinwalls, and so has a gleam on his name...
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Espinal Ranking

In the United States, the name Espinal is the 3,314th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]

United States Espinal migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Espinal or a variant listed above:

Espinal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fernando Espinal, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1871 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Espinal (post 1700) +

  • Rafael Espinal, American politician and non-profit executive, Member of the New York City Council from the 37th district (2014-2020)
  • Marcos Espinal, Dominican physician, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Santiago Roman Espinal (b. 1994), Dominican Major League Baseball infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Raynel Joseph Espinal (b. 1991), Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher who made one appearance for the Boston Red Sox in 2021
  • Ramón Tapia Espinal (1926-2002), Dominican lawyer and politician, Secretary of Industry and Commerce and Secretary of State, for President, Rafael Bonnelly, during the Council of State (1961-1963)
  • Panya Clark Espinal (b. 1965), Canadian sculptor; her public work From Here Right Now is permanently installed in Toronto's Bayview subway station
  • José Espinal (b. 1982), footballer from the Dominican Republic
  • Luís Espinal Camps (1932-1980), Spanish missionary to Bolivia

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  2. 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) on Facebook