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Where did the English Ashley family come from? What is the English Ashley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ashley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ashley family history?The Ashley name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parishes named Ashley in Staffordshire, Wilts, Cambridge. The name developed in many counties in England and it represent one of the few names that may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. The family name Ashley is a variant of the surname Ash, which is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ashley has undergone many spelling variations, including Ashley, Ashly, Astley and others.
First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They were found in many counties in England, and represent one of the few names which may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. They moved southward and appeared in Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, and Dorset.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashley research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1606 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Ashley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ashley were among those contributors:
Ashley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Ashley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ashley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Ashley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Ashley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashley 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.
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