Ashirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Ashirst is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Ashurst in the county of Lancashire. The name derives from the Old English words, ash, meaning ash tree, and hyrst, meaning hill, and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.
Early Origins of the Ashirst family
The surname Ashirst was first found in the counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the north west of England. The Lancashire family seems to be the oldest as noted "A Lancashire family of good antiquity, and until the middle of the last century  lords of Ashurst in that county, where they appear to have been seated not long after the Conquest."  In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire are monuments to the Ashenhurst family.  "The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." 
Important Dates for the Ashirst family
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Ashirst Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ashirst were recorded, including Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Ashirst family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Henry Ashurst (c. 1614-1680), a wealthy and benevolent merchant of London, "noted for his gifts of money to pious or charitable purposes, the founder of the family of Ashurst or Ashhurst of Waterstock, Oxfordshire, was descended from an old Lancashire family, seated at Ashurst, in the township of Dalton and parish of Wigan. " 
His son, Sir William...
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Migration of the Ashirst family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ashirst family emigrate to North America: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print