Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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 Ashfield family
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, Australia. This latter local was established shortly after the First Fleet arrival in 1788.
Early History of the Ashfield family
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Ashfield Spelling Variations
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 Ashfield have been found, including Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashfield family to Ireland
Some of the Ashfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ashfield 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 Ashfield, or a variant listed above:
Ashfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ashfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ashfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ashfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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