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The name Ashcroft is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Norfolk. Ashcroft means the dweller in the croft where the ash trees grow. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Ashcroft Early Origins



The surname Ashcroft 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Richard Ashcroft was also listed in Norfolk in the Feet of Fines. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Ashcroft Spelling Variations


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Ashcroft 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. Ashcroft has been spelled many different ways, including Ashecroft, Ashecroft, Ashcroft, Ashcrofte, Ascroft, Ascrofte, Ashcraft and many more.

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Ashcroft Early History


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Ashcroft Early History



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

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Ashcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ashcroft 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



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 Ashcrofts to arrive in North America:

Ashcroft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Ashcroft, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Ashcroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Ashcroft, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Hugh Ashcroft landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • S Ashcroft, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas Ashcroft, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • James Ashcroft, who arrived in New York in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashcroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edgar A. Ashcroft, aged 39, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Edgar Arthur Ashcroft, aged 40, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Aggie Ashcroft, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1905
  • Leon T Ashcroft, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Elizabeth G. Ashcroft, aged 34, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashcroft Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Jack Ashcroft, aged 42, who settled in Bakersville B. c., Canada, in 1913
  • Clara Ashcroft, aged 36, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1920

Ashcroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ashcroft, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • John Ashcroft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashcroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashcroft (post 1700)



  • Thomas C. Ashcroft, American politician, Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, 1916-17
  • Paris I. Ashcroft, American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1931-32
  • Henry E. Ashcroft, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 22nd District, 1965
  • E. M. Ashcroft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880
  • E. L. Ashcroft, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • John David Ashcroft (b. 1942), American politician, the 79th United States Attorney General (2001 to 2005), the 50th Governor of Missouri (1985 to 1993)
  • Kane John Ashcroft (1986-2015), English footballer who played for York City (2004-2006)
  • Richard Paul Steven Ashcroft (b. 1971), English singer-songwriter
  • Ray Ashcroft (1952-1979), English actor, best known for his role as Ringo Starr in the TV movie "Birth of the Beatles" (1979)
  • Dame Peggy Ashcroft DBE (1907-1991), English actress
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ashcroft Historic Events


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Ashcroft Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Alan Ashcroft, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Walter T Ashcroft, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Austin Aloysius Ashcroft (d. 1912), aged 26, English Clerk from Seacombe, Cheshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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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: Floruit fraxinus
Motto Translation: Flowering ash


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Citations


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Citations



  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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848

Other References

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  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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Ashcroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashcroft 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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