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The Opinshaw 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.

Opinshaw Early Origins



The surname Opinshaw 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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Opinshaw Spelling Variations


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Opinshaw Spelling Variations



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

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Opinshaw Early History


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Opinshaw Early History



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

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Opinshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Opinshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Opinshaw 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. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. 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.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Opinshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Opinshaw 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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