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The origins of the Ashbow name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Ashbow 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 Ashbow comes from the Old English words ęsc and by, which mean ash tree and dwelling. The earliest members of the Ashbow family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Ashbow Early Origins



The surname Ashbow 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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Ashbow Early History


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Ashbow Early History



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

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Ashbow Spelling Variations


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Ashbow Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ashbow were recorded, including Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.

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Ashbow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashbow Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ashbow family emigrate to North America: Alice Ashby who settled in New England in 1635; John Ashbey settled in Barbados in 1663; William Ashbey settled in Virginia in 1663.

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