The Ainsworth’s in my family are on my maternal grandfather’s side. The earliest person I have found so far is Thomas Ainsworth, my 4 x great grandfather.
According to the website surnamedb the name is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is said to be a locational name from a place called Ainsworth in Lancashire, which is recorded as “Hainewrthe”, around 1200 in the Pipe Rolls of Lancashire, and as “Aynesworth” in the Assize Court Rolls of 1285.
The placename is composed of the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name “Aegen” meaning own, plus “worth”, a homestead; hence “Aegen’s homestead”.
The surname is said to date back to the early 14th Century, and early recordings include John de Aynesworth, who appears in Baines “History of Lancashire” in 1370. Church records list the christening of Richard Ainsworth on July 25th 1567 in Winwick, Lancashire.
One Robert Ainsworth (1660-1743) was educated at Botton, and published a much acclaimed treatise on education in 1698; he also compiled a Latin-English dictionary in 1736.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is said to be that of William de Aynesworth, which was dated 1332 in the “Lay Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire” during the reign of King Edward III.
My own Ainsworth’s come from Darwen in Lancashire exactly from the area where history suggests the name originates.
A Google search of Ainsworth produces lots of family websites and genealogy information. I have chosen to give you a link here to a website with information about the family name and further links to the Ainsworth Genealogy forum.
There will be more to come about my Ainsworth ancestors in the future.