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The ancestry of the name Ashfield dates from the ancient 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.

Ashfield Early Origins



The surname Ashfield was first found in Suffolk, at Ashfield, which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed there as Assefelda. [1]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. [2]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.

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Ashfield Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ashfield Early History


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Ashfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashfield research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ashfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashfield In Ireland


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Ashfield In Ireland



Some of the Ashfield 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.

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The Great Migration



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

  • James Ashfield settled in Virginia in 1636
  • John Ashfield settled in West New Jersey in 1664
  • William Ashfield, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1691

Ashfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Ashfield settled in Maryland in 1776

Ashfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Ashfield, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • G Ashfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Ashfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Ashfield, aged 32, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Ashfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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