Ashbaugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Ashbaugh family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Ashbaugh comes from when the family lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Ashbaugh is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions and entire counties. In this case, the surname Ashbaugh comes from the Old English words æsc and by, which mean ash tree and dwelling. The earliest members of the Ashbaugh family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Ashbaugh family

The surname Ashbaugh was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat for many centuries. Some of the first records of the name include: Richard de Ashby, Lord of the manors of South Croxton and Quenbyas, found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273; William de Ashby (1240-1299), Lord of the Manor of Ashby Magna, Leicester; and Alexander of Ashby (Latin, Alexander Essebiensis), an English theologian and poet about the year 1220. [1]

Years later, George Ashby (d. 1475), was an poetical writer, born about 1390. "Little is known of him till late in life, when he appears to have owned an estate named 'Breakspeares' in Harefield, Middlesex, and to have been clerk of the signet, first to Henry VI from the beginning of his reign and afterwards to Margaret of Anjou." [2]

Early History of the Ashbaugh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbaugh research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1346, 1475, 1537, 1646, 1693, 1668, 1665, 1668, 1688, 1689, 1614, 1680, 1614, 1632 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Ashbaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashbaugh Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ashbaugh has appeared include Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.

Early Notables of the Ashbaugh family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Ashby (c.1475), Clerk to King Henry VI; George Ashby (died 1537), a martyred English Cistercian monk; and Sir John Ashby (1646-1693), Admiral of the Blue who fought at Bantry Bay in 1668. He was a native of Lowestoft, and presumably a follower of Sir Thomas Allin. "In 1665, he was appointed lieutenant of the Adventure, and in October 1668 captain of the Deptford ketch. From that time onward he seems to have served without intermission, and in September 1688 was appointed to the Defiance, a third-rate vessel...
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Ashbaugh Ranking

In the United States, the name Ashbaugh is the 9,748th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Ashbaugh migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ashbaugh arrived in North America very early:

Ashbaugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Harriet Ashbaugh, (b. 1866), aged 26, Cornish settler, from St Austell, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "Alaska" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th September 1892 en route to Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, USA [4]
  • Mr. Robert Ashbaugh, (b. 1870), aged 22, Cornish clerk, from St Austell, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "Alaska" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th September 1892 en route to Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, USA [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbaugh (post 1700) +

  • Marvin E. Ashbaugh (1914-1974), birth name of Marvin Ash, an American jazz pianist
  • Russell G. "Pete" Ashbaugh Jr. (1921-2009), American football player at the University of Notre Dame who went on to play for the Chicago Rockets in the late 1940s
  • Russell G. "Busty" Ashbaugh Sr. (1889-1953), American celebrated football player at Brown University and later coach of competitive teams at South High School, in Youngstown, Ohio, father of Pete Ashbaugh
  • Dennis John Ashbaugh (b. 1946), American painter and artist who lives and works in New York City
  • Mrs. E. E. Ashbaugh, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956, 1960 [5]
  • David R. Ashbaugh, Canadian RCMP police officer and Fingerprint Forensic scientist who developed ridgeology in forensic identification and the ACE-V methodology

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 5) . Retrieved from on Facebook