Ashairst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The lineage of the name Ashairst begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Ashurst in the county of Lancashire. The name derives from the Old English words, ash, meaning ash tree, and hyrst, meaning hill, and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.
Early Origins of the Ashairst family
The surname Ashairst was first found in the counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, 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."  In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire are monuments to the Ashenhurst family.  "The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." 
Important Dates for the Ashairst family
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Ashairst 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 Ashairst has undergone many spelling variations, including Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Ashairst 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. " 
His son, Sir William...
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Migration of the Ashairst family
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 Ashairst were among those contributors: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
- ^ 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