The name Ashes was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ashes family lived in close proximity to an ash tree.
As such, the name has local
references to towns called Ash
, and many other places.
Early Origins of the Ashes family
The surname Ashes was first found in the county of Devon
in southern England
. The first person to settle in the locality was D'Esse Court, a companion of King William, Duke of Normandy
who landed in England
in 1066 A.D. and was granted lands by his liege lord in the vicinity of Exeter
. Alternatively the family could have originated in Esh or Ash, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Lanchester in Durham
. "The manor gave name, at a very early period, to a family of considerable local
consequence, who held the estate, with little interruption, from the middle of the 13th century till the time of Henry VIII." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the following: John de le Es, in Norfolk; Roger de le Es, also in Norfolk; Agnes Ate Nasse in Oxfordshire; and Henry de Asse in Warwickshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The reference "History of Norfolk" list Joan atte-Eshe in 1345, Roger atte-Ashe, temp.
Edward II and John at-Ash, of Bintre, Norfolk
in 1349. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 had only one listing of the family, Robertus del Asch. Another source notes: "We find the Atten-Ashe of the XIV. cent. contracted into Nashe soon after." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Ashes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashes research.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1597, 1658, 1640, 1656, 1609, 1656, 1640, 1652, 1618, 1686, 1670, 1681, 1671, 1735, 1636, 1658, 1718, 1695, 1697, 1717 and are included under the topic Early Ashes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashes Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Esse, Ash, Ashe, Aschey and others.
Early Notables of the Ashes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Ashe (1597-1658), an English clothier and politician for Westbury and later for Somerset
at various times between 1640 and 1656, upon his death he left a landed estate valued at £6000 a year; Edward Ashe (ca.1609-1656), brother of... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashes family to Ireland
Some of the Ashes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 132 words (9 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 Ashes family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ashes or a variant listed above: Christopher Ash who settled in Virginia in 1623; with his wife and child; Edward Ash settled in Barbados in 1630; George Ash settled in Virginia in 1641.
The Ashes 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: Non nobis sed omnibus
Motto Translation: Not for us but for all.