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Where did the English Ashcraft family come from? What is the English Ashcraft family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ashcraft family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ashcraft family history?

The Ashcraft name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Norfolk. Ashcroft means the dweller in the croft where the ash trees grow.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ashcraft has undergone many spelling variations, including Ashecroft, Ashecroft, Ashcroft, Ashcrofte, Ascroft, Ascrofte, Ashcraft and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they were Lords of the manor from very early times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashcraft research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashcraft History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Ashcraft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ashcraft were among those contributors:

Ashcraft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Leona Ashcraft, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Leona Ashcraft, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Annie Ashcraft, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Erinmigata Ashcraft, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Theo. Ashcraft, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922


  • Mark H. Ashcraft, the chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Karen Ashcraft, American communication scholar and a current professor


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: Floruit fraxinus
Motto Translation: Flowering ash


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The Ashcraft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashcraft 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.

This page was last modified on 11 November 2014 at 18:09.

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