Ashdown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Ashdown date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in a place where ash trees prospered.

Early Origins of the Ashdown family

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

Early History of the Ashdown family

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Ashdown Spelling Variations

Ashdown has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ashdown have been found, including Ashdown, Ashdowne, Ashdoun, Asdown, Ashdon and many more.

Early Notables of the Ashdown family (pre 1700)

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Ashdown migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ashdowns to arrive on North American shores:

Ashdown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Ashdown, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1736 [1]
Ashdown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Ashdown to New York in 1844
  • Edward Ashdown, who landed in New York in 1844 [1]

Ashdown migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ashdown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Ashdown, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Ashdown 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:

Ashdown Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Ashdown, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashdown (post 1700)

  • Peter Lynn "Pete" Ashdown (b. 1967), American founder and CEO of Utah's first independent and oldest Internet service provider, XMission
  • Marie Ashdown, American writer and lecturer
  • Neil Ashdown, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2008 [2]
  • Harold J. Ashdown, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 15th Circuit, 1953 [2]
  • Ernest A. Ashdown, American politician, Mayor of Hempstead, New York, 1948-54 [2]
  • Hugh Edward Ashdown (1904-1977), English eminent Anglican clergyman, 8th Bishop of Newcastle
  • William Henry Ashdown (1898-1979), English cricketer
  • Jamie Lawrence Ashdown (b. 1980), English footballer
  • Jeremy "Paddy" John Durham Ashdown GCMG, KBE, PC (b. 1941), British politician and diplomat
  • David Norman Ashdown, 9th Bishop of Keewatin in the Anglican Church of Canada
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 5) . Retrieved from
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