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Ashby is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ashby family once lived in a dwelling near an ash tree. Ashby 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 Ashby comes from the Old English words ęsc and by, which mean ash tree and dwelling. The earliest members of the Ashby family on record lived in the county of Leicestershire, where they been settled prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Ashby Early Origins



The surname Ashby 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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Ashby Spelling Variations


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Ashby Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ashby family name include Ashby, Ashbie, Ashbe, Ashbee, Ashbey and others.

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Ashby Early History


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Ashby Early History



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

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Ashby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashby Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ashby surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Ashby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Ashby who settled in New England in 1635
  • Tho Ashby, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Ashby, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • Edmund Ashby, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Roger Ashby, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Ashby, who landed in Maryland in 1776

Ashby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ashby, aged 30, landed in New York in 1832
  • George Ashby, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Mr. Ashby, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mary Ashby, aged 13, landed in New York in 1864

Ashby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ashby, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Edward Ashby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • James Ashby, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Ellen Ashby, aged 21, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Ashby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ashby, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Thomas Ashby, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Sarah Ashby, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Sarah Ashby, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Harriet Ashby, aged 3 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashby (post 1700)



  • Andrew Jason "Andy" Ashby (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played from 1991 to 2004
  • Walter L. Ashby, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1899-1902
  • Turner W. Ashby, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Virginia, 1853-61
  • Trent Ashby, American Republican politician, Elected Texas State House of Representatives 57th District 2012
  • Thomas H. Ashby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1924
  • Tom Ashby, American politician, Mayor of Centralia, Illinois, 2011
  • Richard J. Ashby, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Charleston, West Virginia, 1885-91
  • Milton Ashby (d. 1970), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1962-65 (13th District 1962-63, 12th District 1964-65)
  • Newton B. Ashby, American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1897
  • Kenneth H. Ashby, American Republican politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 8th District, 1973
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ashby Historic Events


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Ashby Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Ashby (d. 1912), aged 57, American Second Class passenger from West Hoboken, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Ashby


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Suggested Readings for the name Ashby



  • The Ashby Book by Lee Fleming Reese.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Be just and fear not
Motto Translation: Be just and fear not


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Ashby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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