The history of the Ascown family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in one of the places named Ashcombe
in the counties of Berkshire, Devon
, and Sussex.
Early Origins of the Ascown family
The surname Ascown was first found in Devon
at Ashcombe, a village and civil parish in the Teignbridge district which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Aissecome CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "valley where ash-trees grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
church was built in a cruciform structure and was dedicated November 22nd, 1259. It contains many ancient stalls of carved oak. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
In the 1800s when repairs were done, part of an old breviary (liturgical book) was found between the ceiling and the roof written in the reign of Richard II. The breviary is now on display at the British Museum. Ashcombe House, also known as Ashcombe Park, is a Georgian manor house in the parish of Berwick St John, near Salisbury, in Wiltshire
. The first house located here was built in 1686 by a local squire. Ashcombe House at Swainswick, north-east of Bath in Somerset
is a Gothic revival country house and was built in the early nineteenth century.
Early History of the Ascown family
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Ascown Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ascown include Ashcombe, Ashcomb, Ascombe, Ascomb, Aiscombe, Aiscomb, Lishcombe, Lishcomb, Ayscombe, Ayscomb, Ascoum and many more.
Early Notables of the Ascown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ascown family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ascown or a variant listed above: John Ashcomb, who arrived in Virginia in 1646; Ann Ashcomb, who arrived in Virginia in 1650; Nathaniel Ashcomb, who settled in Maryland sometime between 1650 and 1651.