The ancestors of the Ashfields surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they 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 Ashfields family
The surname Ashfields 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 Ashfields family
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Ashfields Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ashfields include Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashfields family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashfields family to Ireland
Some of the Ashfields 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 Ashfields family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Ashfield settled in Virginia in 1636; John Ashfield settled in West New Jersey in 1664; and Henry Ashfield settled in Maryland in 1776.