Ashbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 æsc 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.

Early Origins of the Ashbee family

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. [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 Ashbee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbee 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 Ashbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Ashbee 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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United States Ashbee migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Benjamin Ashbee, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1674 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbee (post 1700) +

  • William Neville Ashbee (1852-1919), English railway architect, notable for stations on the Great Eastern Railway including the London terminus at Liverpool Street Station, Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1890
  • Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), English merchant, book collector, writer, and bibliographer, known for his three-volume bibliography of erotic literature published under the pseudonym of Pisanus Fraxi
  • Ian Ashbee (b. 1976), English professional footballer
  • Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), English designer/architect/writer
  • Mr. Ricki Brian Ashbee L.V.O., British former National Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Canada, was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [4]
  • Barry Ashbee (1939-1977), Canadian professional ice hockey player who played five seasons in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers
  • Paul Ashbee (1918-2009), British archaeologist, known for his many excavations of barrows, or burial mounds, President of the Just William Society

  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
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook