Show ContentsAschmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Aschmore dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire. The family name Ash is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree. [1]

Early Origins of the Aschmore family

The surname Aschmore was first found in the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire in the south of England. [2]

Ashmore is a parish, in the union of Shaftesbury, hundred of Cranborne, Shaston division of Dorset. "The church, erected in 1433, is a plain edifice of stone and flint. " [3]

The Ash in this case was in ancient Saxon a spear, and became the name of one who was adept in the handling of a spear.

Sifting though archival materials, we found Elias de Asmore in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296, and later as de Ashmer in 1327. Early Wiltshire records show William Asschmere there in 1349. [4]

Early History of the Aschmore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aschmore research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1585, 1587, 1588, 1773, 1592, 1621 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Aschmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aschmore 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 Aschmore have been found, including Ashmore, Ashmoor, Aschmoor, Aschmore and others.

Early Notables of the Aschmore family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Ashmore (fl. 1621), who was the first who attempted a translation into English of selected odes of Horace. In 1621 he published 'Certain selected Odes of Horace Englished, and their Arguments annexed.' To the translations are added a number of epigrams and anagrams. The translations show considerable facility of versification, and are by no means devoid of grace; but the translator's choice is for longer measures, and there is...
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Ireland Migration of the Aschmore family to Ireland

Some of the Aschmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Aschmore family

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 Aschmore, or a variant listed above: William Ashmore settled in Maryland in 1634; Anthony Ashmore settled in Barbados in 1635; John Ashmore settled in Maryland in 1634; and another John Ashmore settled in Pennsylvania in 1680.

The Aschmore Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cave adsum
Motto Translation: Beware I am here.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook