name Ashfold comes from when the family resided 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 Ashfold family
The surname Ashfold 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 Ashfold family
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Ashfold Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ashfold has been recorded under many different variations, including Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashfold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashfold family to Ireland
Some of the Ashfold 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 Ashfold family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ashfold or a variant listed above: James Ashfield settled in Virginia in 1636; John Ashfield settled in West New Jersey in 1664; and Henry Ashfield settled in Maryland in 1776.