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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Asbury surname lived in Ashbourne, Derbyshire; in Ashburnham, Sussex; or in Ashburton, Devon.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Asbury are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Asbury include: Ashburnham, Asbury, Astbury, Ashburner, Ashbourn, Ashburn, Ashburnam, Ashburham, Ashbourne and many more.

First found in Derbyshire, at Ashbourne, a market town in the Derbyshire Dales now famous for its historic annual Shrovetide football match. The first record was found in the Domesday Book where it was listed as Esseburne, having derived from the Old English aesc + burna, meaning "stream where the ash-trees grow." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asbury research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1842, 1603, 1671, 1639, 1604, 1679, 1628, 1697, 1660, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1638 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Asbury History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Asbury or a variant listed above:

Asbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Asbury, who arrived in New Jersey in 1681

Asbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Asbury, who landed in Iowa in 1872

Asbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Asbury, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"


  • Francis Asbury (1745-1816), American churchman
  • Herbert Asbury (1889-1963), American journalist and writer
  • William Wesley Asbury (b. 1943), former professional American football running back
  • Kelly Asbury (b. 1960), American director, writer, actor and author
  • Tom Asbury (b. 1945), retired American college basketball coach
  • Neal Asbury (b. 1957), American entrepreneur and Chief Executive of The Legacy Companies
  • Edith Evans Asbury (1910-2008), award-winning American journalist


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Asbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Asbury 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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