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The Openshaw 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.

Openshaw Early Origins



The surname Openshaw 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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Openshaw Spelling Variations


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Openshaw Spelling Variations



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

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Openshaw Early History


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Openshaw Early History



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

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Openshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Openshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Openshaw 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 were:

Openshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Openshaw settled in New York in 1854 with her 4 year old son, Sam
  • Mary Openshaw, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Samuel Openshaw, aged 4, landed in New York in 1854
  • James Openshaw settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887
  • James Openshaw, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Openshaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Openshaw (post 1700)



  • Jennifer Openshaw, American CEO of Family Financial Network
  • William Openshaw (1851-1915), English rugby union international player who playey for the England National Team in 1879
  • CB CMG FRCS LSA TD Thomas Horrocks "Tommy" Openshaw (1856-1929), English Victorian and Edwardian era surgeon, best known for his involvement in the notorious Jack the Ripper murders of 1888
  • Sir Charles Peter Lawford Openshaw DL (b. 1947), English judge of the High Court
  • Olive F. Openshaw, British illustrator, probably best known for her many illustrations in Enid Blyton's Mary Mouse series from 1942 to 1964
  • Stan Openshaw (b. 1946), retired British geographer, former professor of human geography based in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds

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Openshaw Historic Events


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Openshaw Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Openshaw, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Openshaw Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Openshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Openshaw 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 19 October 2016 at 20:40.

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