Ashfeild is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Ashfield,
which means the open field with ash trees.
It is a place-name appearing in Lancashire
, and is were the family originated, though they became centered in Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Ashfeild family
The surname Ashfeild was first found in Suffolk
, at Ashfield, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed there as Assefelda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Great Ashfield, Suffolk
was also listed there as Eascefelda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
To complicate matters more, Ashfield is revival of an ancient village originally named Esfeld in 1216. It is now a local
government district in western Nottinghamshire
formed in 1974. And today, Ashfield is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in New South Wales
. This latter local was established shortly after the First Fleet
arrival in 1788.
Early History of the Ashfeild family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashfeild research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashfeild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashfeild Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ashfeild family name include Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashfeild family to Ireland
Some of the Ashfeild family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Ashfeild family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ashfeild surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Ashfield settled in Virginia in 1636; John Ashfield settled in West New Jersey in 1664; and Henry Ashfield settled in Maryland in 1776.