Ashbolt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Ashbolt family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Aspall, a parish near Debenham in the county of Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Ashbolt family

The surname Ashbolt was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ashbolt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbolt research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1275, 1300, 1320, 1330, 1323, 1529 and 1520 are included under the topic Early Ashbolt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashbolt Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashbolt include Aspall, Aspell, Asphal, Aspal, Asspall, Aspill and many more.

Early Notables of the Ashbolt family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ashbolt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Ashbolt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ashbolt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ashbolt, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Caroline Ashbolt, aged 29, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Thomas Ashbolt, aged 1, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Thomas Ashbolt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbolt (post 1700) +

  • Allan Campbell Ashbolt (1921-2005), Australian journalist and television broadcaster


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