Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ashbrok is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Ashbrok family
The surname Ashbrok was first found in Gloucestershire
, at Ashbrook, listed as Esbroc and Estbroce in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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 Ashbrok family
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Ashbrok 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. Ashbrok has been spelled many different ways, including Ashbrooke, Ashbrook, Ashbrock, Ashbruck, Ashbroc, Ashbruc, Assebroc, Aschbroc and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashbrok family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashbrok 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 Ashbroks to arrive in North America: John Ashbrook, who sailed to Maryland in 1646; Thomas Ashbrooke to Virginia in 1653; John Ashbrooke to Delaware in 1682; John Ashbrook to New Jersey in 1697.