Ashcrofte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Ashcrofte name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Norfolk. Ashcroft means the dweller in the croft where the ash trees grow. 
Early Origins of the Ashcrofte family
The surname Ashcrofte 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.  Richard Ashcroft was also listed in Norfolk in the Feet of Fines. 
Early History of the Ashcrofte family
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Ashcrofte Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ashcrofte were recorded, including Ashecroft, Ashecroft, Ashcroft, Ashcrofte, Ascroft, Ascrofte, Ashcraft and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashcrofte family (pre 1700)
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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ashcrofte family emigrate to North America:
Ashcrofte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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