Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Aseleigh is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parishes named Ashley
, Wilts, Cambridge. The name developed in many counties in England
and it represent one of the few names that may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. The family name Ashley
is a variant of the surname Ash,
which is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree.
Early Origins of the Aseleigh family
The surname Aseleigh was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. They were found in many counties in England
, and represent one of the few names which may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. They moved southward and appeared in Somerset
, and Dorset.
Early History of the Aseleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aseleigh research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1606 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Aseleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aseleigh Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Aseleigh has been spelled many different ways, including Ashley, Ashly, Astley and others.
Early Notables of the Aseleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aseleigh family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Aseleighs to arrive in North America: Ann Ashley in 1624 who settled in Virginia; Edward settled in Maine in 1630; another Edward settled in Salem, Massachusetts; Mary settled in Virginia in 1634.