The ancestors of the bearers of the Asherst family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Ashurst
in the county of Lancashire
. The name derives from the Old English words, ash,
meaning ash tree
, and hyrst,
and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.
Early Origins of the Asherst family
The surname Asherst was first found in the counties of Lancashire
, and the north west of England
. The Lancashire
family seems to be the oldest as noted "A Lancashire
family of good antiquity, and until the middle of the last century  lords of Ashurst in that county, where they appear to have been seated not long after the Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire
are monuments to the Ashenhurst family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
Early History of the Asherst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asherst research.Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1680, 1679, 1662, 1645, 1711, 1681, 1695, 1715, 1722, 1614, 1680, 1647 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Asherst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Asherst Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Asherst include Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Asherst family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Henry Ashurst (c.
1614-1680), was a wealthy and benevolent merchant of London; James Ashurst (died 1679), was an English divine who lost his living in the Great Ejection of 1662; Sir Henry Ashurst, 1st Baronet
(1645-1711), English Member of Parliament for Truro, 1681-1695... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asherst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Asherst family to Ireland
Some of the Asherst family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Asherst family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Asherst or a variant listed above: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
The Asherst 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.