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

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The surname Asbury was 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] "There can be little no doubt, however, that the Ashburnhams have been seated at Ashburnham from the reign of Henry II, and probably from a much earlier period, and are descended from Bertram, Constable of Dover in the reign or William the Conqueror. " [2] "The manor [of Ashburnham in Sussex], with the exception only of a few years, has been from a time anterior to the Conquest in the continued possession of the noble family of Ashburnham, whose mansion-house here is beautifully situated, and surrounded by a fine park. The church, situated behind Ashburnham House, is a neat cruciform edifice in the decorated English style, with a tower; the south transept contains a gallery for the family, and in the north are handsome monuments to William and John Ashburnham, and their wives." [3]

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.


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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.

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

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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"

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  • T. J. Asbury, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1909-10
  • Irene Kim Asbury, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • John C. Asbury, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • H. F. Asbury, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Putnam County, 1899-1900, 1913-14
  • Emory Asbury, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1940
  • Charles Ted Asbury, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Mexico 1st District, 1984
  • Charles Emery Asbury, American politician, U.S. Consul in Stoke-on-Trent, 1919-20; Cardiff, 1920-21
  • Carroll D. Asbury, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District, 1934-35
  • Barry Steve Asbury, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1998
  • Ambrose W. Asbury, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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