Early Origins of the Ashberton family
Devon at Ashburton, a small town on the south-southeastern edge of Dartmoor which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Essebretone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) Originally a borough, markettown, and parish, in the union of Newton-Abbott, hundred of Teignbridge. "This town, anciently called Aisbertone, in the time of Edward the Confessor belonged to Brietric, and at the Conquest to Judael de Totnais." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. By 1328, it was made a stannary town by charter of Edward III and by that time had already be well known for its mines of tin and copper. By the time of Charles I, it was property of the crown and he bestowed the manor upon his son Charles, when he created him Prince of Wales. Literally the place name means "farmstead or village by the stream where ash-trees grow" from the Old English words "aesc" + "burna" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ashburton, held by a steward of the Bishop of Exeter who was recorded in the Domesday Book.
Early History of the Ashberton family
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Ashberton Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Ashburton, Ashberton, Asburton, Asburton and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashberton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashberton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashberton or a variant listed above: Frances Ashburton, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from Alresford Hants., England, in 1919; Frances Ashburton, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from England Ants, in 1925.
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