The name Ashely has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the parishes named Ashley
, Wilts, Cambridge. The name developed in many counties in England
and it represent one of the few names that may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. The family name Ashley
is a variant of the surname Ash,
which is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree.
Early Origins of the Ashely family
The surname Ashely was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. They were found in many counties in England
, and represent one of the few names which may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. They moved southward and appeared in Somerset
, and Dorset.
Early History of the Ashely family
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Ashely Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ashely have been found, including Ashley, Ashly, Astley and others.
Early Notables of the Ashely family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashely family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ashely, or a variant listed above: Ann Ashley in 1624 who settled in Virginia; Edward settled in Maine in 1630; another Edward settled in Salem, Massachusetts; Mary settled in Virginia in 1634.