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The name Ashbee has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Ashbee 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 Ashbee comes from the Old English words ęsc and by, which mean ash tree and dwelling. The earliest members of the Ashbee family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Ashbee Early Origins



The surname Ashbee 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.

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Ashbee Spelling Variations


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Ashbee Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ashbee have been found, including Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.

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Ashbee Early History


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Ashbee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbee research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1346, 1475, 1537, 1646, 1693 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Ashbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashbee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashbee Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ashbee, or a variant listed above:

Ashbee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Ashbee, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Benjamin Ashbee, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1674

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbee (post 1700)



  • Ian Ashbee (b. 1976), English professional footballer
  • Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), English merchant, book collector, writer, and bibliographer
  • Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), English designer/architect/writer
  • Paul Ashbee (1918-2009), British archaeologist
  • Barry Ashbee (1939-1977), Canadian professional ice hockey player

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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: Be just and fear not
Motto Translation: Be just and fear not


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Ashbee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashbee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 February 2016 at 23:52.

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