as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1303 when Gilbert Asshenden held estates.
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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 Ashenden were recorded, including Ashenden, Ashendon, Aschenden, Aschendeon, Ashelson and many more.
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 Ashenden family emigrate to North America:
Ashenden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard Edward Ashenden was seated in Auburndale in Massachusetts in 1871
- Fredk. Ashenden, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1892
- Emily Ashenden, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Ashenden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- A. Ashenden, aged 57, who immigrated to America, in 1910
- Edith Ashenden, aged 48, who landed in America from London, England, in 1921