Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Asbey is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions and entire counties. In this case, the surname Asbey comes from the Old English words æsc and by, which mean ash tree and dwelling. The earliest members of the Asbey family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Asbey family
Leicestershire where they held a family seat for many centuries. Some of the first records of the name include: Richard de Ashby, Lord of the manors of South Croxton and Quenbyas, found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273; William de Ashby (1240-1299), Lord of the Manor of Ashby Magna, Leicester; and Alexander of Ashby (Latin, Alexander Essebiensis), an English theologian and poet about the year 1220.
Early History of the Asbey family
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Asbey Spelling Variations
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 Asbey have been found, including Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.
Early Notables of the Asbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asbey family to Ireland
Some of the Asbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Asbey family to the New World and Oceana
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 Asbey, or a variant listed above: Alice Ashby who settled in New England in 1635; John Ashbey settled in Barbados in 1663; William Ashbey settled in Virginia in 1663.
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