The Aschby name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Aschby 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 Aschby comes from the Old English words æsc
which mean ash tree
The earliest members of the Aschby family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire
, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Aschby family
The surname Aschby was first found in 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 Aschby family
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Aschby Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Aschby has undergone many spelling variations
, including Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.
Early Notables of the Aschby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aschby family to Ireland
Some of the Aschby family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Aschby family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Aschby were among those contributors: Alice Ashby who settled in New England
in 1635; John Ashbey settled in Barbados in 1663; William Ashbey settled in Virginia in 1663.