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
in 1066, they founded the town of Aspinall in that county.
Early History of the Espinwall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espinwall research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1923, 1648, 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)
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Migration of the Espinwall family to the New World and Oceana
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.