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Where did the English Ashton family come from? What is the English Ashton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ashton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ashton family history?

The name Ashton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Ashton, Lancashire. The first part of the name, Ash, was originally given to a person who resided in an area where ash trees prospered. There are eighteen parishes and townships called Ashton in numerous counties and there are also various minor localities of this same name.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ashton have been found, including Ashton, Asshton, Asheton, Ashtown, Assheton, Ascheton and many more.

First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashton research. Another 389 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1323, 1400, 1431, 1585, 1646, 1700, 1818, 1691, 1658, 1658, 1641, 1711, 1651, 1716, 1677, 1679, 1694, 1698 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Ashton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 321 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ashton, or a variant listed above:

Ashton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Alice Ashton, who sailed to Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Ashton, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • Thom Ashton, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Walter Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1638


Ashton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Reuben Ashton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Thomas Ashton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Alex Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • John Ashton arrived in Virginia in 1720

Ashton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Ashton sailed to Philadelphia in 1816
  • G Ashton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Ashton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Evan Ashton journeyed to San Francisco in 1852
  • Wissal H Ashton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860


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  • Alan C. Ashton (b. 1942), American co-founder of WordPerfect Corporation
  • Peter Shaw "P.S." Ashton (b. 1934), British botanist, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry at Harvard University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1983)
  • Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904-1988), English choreographer, founding choreographer of The Royal Ballet
  • Francis William Ashton (1877-1945), English physicist
  • Dean Ashton (b. 1983), English former professional footballer
  • Tony Ashton (1946-2001), English rock pianist, keyboardist, singer, composer and producer
  • Jonathan James "Jon" Ashton (b. 1982), English footballer from Nuneaton
  • Neil John Ashton (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Claude Thesiger Ashton (1901-1942), English amateur footballer and cricketer
  • Thomas Southcliffe Ashton (1899-1968), English economic historian

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quid non resolutio
Motto Translation: Someone not weakening.

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Ashton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashton 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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