Espinwall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Espinwall is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Espinwall family

The surname Espinwall 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.

Important Dates for the Espinwall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espinwall research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1923, 1648, 1662, 1662 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Espinwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Espinwall Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Espinwall has been spelled many different ways, including Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinwall, Aspinwal, Aspinshaw, Aschmell, Ashmell, Asmall, Espinall, Espinwall, Espinshaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Espinwall 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...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Espinwall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Espinwall family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Espinwalls to arrive in North America: Edward Aspinwall, who arrived in Salem, MA in 1630; William Aspinwall, his wife Elisabeth and their daughter Mary Aspinwall, who came to Charlestown, MA in 1630.

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