The present generation of the Asenhurst family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Ashurst
in the county of Lancashire
. The name derives from the Old English words, ash,
meaning ash tree
, and hyrst,
and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.
Early Origins of the Asenhurst family
The surname Asenhurst was first found in the counties of Lancashire
, and the north west of England
. The Lancashire
family seems to be the oldest as noted "A Lancashire
family of good antiquity, and until the middle of the last century  lords of Ashurst in that county, where they appear to have been seated not long after the Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire
are monuments to the Ashenhurst family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
Early History of the Asenhurst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asenhurst research.Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1680, 1647, 1720, 1679, 1662, 1645, 1711, 1681, 1695, 1715 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Asenhurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Asenhurst Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Asenhurst include Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Asenhurst family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Henry Ashurst (c.
1614-1680), a wealthy and benevolent merchant of London, "noted for his gifts of money to pious or charitable purposes, the founder of the family of Ashurst or Ashhurst of Waterstock, Oxfordshire
, was descended from an old Lancashire
family, seated at Ashurst, in the township of Dalton and parish of Wigan. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
His son, Sir William... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asenhurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Asenhurst family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Asenhurst were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
The Asenhurst 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.
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- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print