The name Ashfull is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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 Ashfull family
The surname Ashfull 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 Ashfull family
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Ashfull Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ashfull are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ashfull include: Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashfull family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashfull family to Ireland
Some of the Ashfull 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 Ashfull family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ashfull 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.