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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. [1]

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The surname Ashcraft was first found in Norfolk where one of the first records of the name was Margaret de Asecroft who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1275 in this county. [1] Richard Ashcroft was also listed in Norfolk in the Feet of Fines. [2]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashcraft research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1592 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Ashcraft History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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


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  • Thomas J. Ashcraft, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 1987-93
  • W. D. Ashcraft, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Kentucky convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Percy C. II Ashcraft, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 30th District; elected 1984
  • Patricia Jean Ashcraft, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 38th District, 1998
  • Nita Wentner Ashcraft, American Republican politician, Member of California Republican State Executive Committee, 1966-73; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1968, 1972, 1992
  • Marilyn Ashcraft, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • James Harry Ashcraft (1918-2011), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1951-52
  • James H. Ashcraft (b. 1944), American Republican politician, Marketing rep for IBM; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972
  • J. N. Ashcraft (d. 1935), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1932
  • Hale Ashcraft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964

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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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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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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.

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