Ashbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Ashbridge family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Gloucestershire, in the village of Ashbrook. The name was originally rendered in the Old English from esbrock, a word indicating a place where ash trees grew by a stream or brook.

Early Origins of the Ashbridge family

The surname Ashbridge was first found in Gloucestershire, at Ashbrook, listed as Esbroc and Estbroce in the Domesday Book. [1] At that time, Esbroc was part of the Gersdones hundred, land held by Durand of Gloucester and was the size of one hide, land enough for one household with one plough, one border and one slave. However, the reference also lists Estbroce in the same Hundred, but smaller in size at a virgate which was one-quarter of a hide in size and held by Humphrey the Chamberlain. Today, little evidence is found of Ashbrook, Gloucestershire.

Early History of the Ashbridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbridge research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1190, 1218, 1258, 1265, 1353 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Ashbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashbridge Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashbridge include Ashbrooke, Ashbrook, Ashbrock, Ashbruck, Ashbroc, Ashbruc, Assebroc, Aschbroc and many more.

Early Notables of the Ashbridge family (pre 1700)

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United States Ashbridge migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashbridge or a variant listed above:

Ashbridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D W Ashbridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbridge (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Howell Ashbridge (1849-1906), American Republican politician, 78th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1899-1903 [3]
  • Elizabeth Ashbridge (1713-1755), née Sampson, born in Cheshire, England; a New England Quaker minister and autobiographer arriving in New York in 1732 an indentured servant
  • Thomas Edwin Ashbridge (1890-1964), English association footballer who played from 1913 to 1915
  • Sir Noel Ashbridge (1889-1975), English engineer who played a key role in the early technical development of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Kenneth "Ken" Ashbridge (1916-2002), English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper (1935-1938) from Burnley, England
  • George Richard Ashbridge (1901-1984), New Zealand accountant, teachers’ union official and educationalist from Wellington

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 5) . Retrieved from on Facebook