The ancestry of the name Ashburnham dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Ashbourne,
Derbyshire; in Ashburnham,
Sussex; or in Ashburton, Devon.
Early Origins of the Ashburnham family
The surname Ashburnham 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 Ashburnham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashburnham research.Another 94 words (7 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 Ashburnham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashburnham Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ashburnham have been found, including Ashburnham, Asbury, Astbury, Ashburner, Ashbourn, Ashburn, Ashburnam, Ashburham, Ashbourne and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashburnham 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 Ashburnham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashburnham family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ashburnham, or a variant listed above: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ashburnham (post 1700)
- Sir Fleetwood Ashburnham, of Hastings, Sussex
- Sir Denny Ashburnham,
- Thomas Ashburnham (1855-1924), 6th Earl of Ashburnham