The name Ashberray is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Ashbourne,
Derbyshire; in Ashburnham,
Sussex; or in Ashburton, Devon.
Early Origins of the Ashberray family
The surname Ashberray was first found in Derbyshire
, at Ashbourne, a market town in the Derbyshire
Dales now famous for its historic annual Shrovetide football match. The first record was found in the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Esseburne, having derived from the Old English aesc + burna, meaning "stream where the ash-trees grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"There can be little no doubt, however, that the Ashburnhams have been seated at Ashburnham from the reign of Henry II, and probably from a much earlier period, and are descended from Bertram, Constable of Dover in the reign or William the Conqueror. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The manor [of Ashburnham in Sussex], with the exception only of a few years, has been from a time anterior to the Conquest in the continued possession of the noble family of Ashburnham, whose mansion-house here is beautifully situated, and surrounded by a fine park. The church, situated behind Ashburnham House, is a neat cruciform edifice in the decorated English style, with a tower; the south transept contains a gallery for the family, and in the north are handsome monuments to William and John Ashburnham, and their wives." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ashberray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashberray research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1842, 1603, 1671, 1639, 1604, 1679, 1628, 1697, 1660, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1638 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Ashberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashberray Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ashberray has been spelled many different ways, including Ashburnham, Asbury, Astbury, Ashburner, Ashbourn, Ashburn, Ashburnam, Ashburham, Ashbourne and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashberray family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Ashburnham (1603-1671), an English courtier, diplomat, politician and an attendant on the King, he managed to regain his ancestral estate of Ashburnham in 1639; and his younger brother, William Ashburnham (ca... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashberray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashberray family to Ireland
Some of the Ashberray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashberray family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ashberrays to arrive in North America: Edward Ashburham, settled in Virginia in 1653; Francis Ashborn settled in Virginia in 1635; Joseph Ashburn arrived in Annapolis in 1724; William Ashburne settled in Virginia in 1773. In Newfoundland, two brothers were captured by pirates and landed in Newfoundland, and many more..