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The Openshall surname is a habitational name, taken on from a place called Openshaw, near Manchester. The place name comes from the Old English words "open," meaning not surrounded by a hedge and "sceaga," meaning a "copse," or grove of small trees.

Openshall Early Origins



The surname Openshall was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1559 when John Opensha (sometimes Openshawe) was recorded in the Manor and estates. The early records of this name have been lost but it may be presumed that it was originally Opershall which is pronounced the same and is synonymous. Today, Openshaw is a ward of the city of Manchester, in Greater Manchester.

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Openshall Spelling Variations


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Openshall Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Openshaw, Opinshaw, Openshall, Opinshall, Opershall, Oppshall and many more.

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Openshall Early History


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Openshall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Openshall research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Openshall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Openshall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Openshall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Openshall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Openshaw settled in New York in 1854 with her 4 year old son, Sam; and James Openshaw settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Openshall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Openshall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 November 2015 at 09:56.

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