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The ancestors of the name Ashdown date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in a place where ash trees prospered.

Ashdown Early Origins



The surname Ashdown was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Ashdown Spelling Variations


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Ashdown Spelling Variations



Ashdown has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Ashdown, Ashdowne, Ashdoun, Asdown, Ashdon and many more.

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Ashdown Early History


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Ashdown Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashdown research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1036, 1273, 1327, 1363, 1663, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Ashdown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashdown Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashdown Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ashdown 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ashdowns to arrive on North American shores:

Ashdown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Ashdown, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1736

Ashdown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ashdown to New York in 1844
  • Edward Ashdown, who landed in New York in 1844

Ashdown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ashdown, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Ashdown Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Ashdown landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashdown (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashdown (post 1700)



  • Neil Ashdown, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2008
  • Harold J. Ashdown, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 15th Circuit, 1953
  • Ernest A. Ashdown, American politician, Mayor of Hempstead, New York, 1948-54
  • Peter Lynn "Pete" Ashdown (b. 1967), American founder and CEO of Utah's first independent and oldest Internet service provider, XMission
  • Marie Ashdown, American writer and lecturer
  • Hugh Edward Ashdown (1904-1977), English eminent Anglican clergyman, 8th Bishop of Newcastle
  • William Henry Ashdown (1898-1979), English cricketer
  • Jamie Lawrence Ashdown (b. 1980), English footballer
  • Jeremy "Paddy" John Durham Ashdown GCMG, KBE, PC (b. 1941), British politician and diplomat
  • David Norman Ashdown, 9th Bishop of Keewatin in the Anglican Church of Canada
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ashdown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashdown 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 17 October 2015 at 11:41.

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