Ashkettle is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Asketillus,
which is composed of the elements óss
which means god
which means kettle
or sacrificial cauldron
in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England
. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".
Early Origins of the Ashkettle family
The surname Ashkettle was first found in Norfolk
, where the family held a family seat.
Early History of the Ashkettle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashkettle research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Ashkettle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashkettle Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ashkettle has undergone many spelling variations
, including Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.
Early Notables of the Ashkettle family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Asketel, the rector of Boyton, Norfolk
in 1361; Roger Asketil, the rector of Randworth, Norfolk
in 1391; and Colonel... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashkettle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashkettle family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ashkettle were among those contributors: Tho Axstell, age 35; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639; Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ashkettle (post 1700)
- R.W. Ashkettle, English political candidate for St. Mary's, Tower Hamlets, London in 1968, Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 1984
- Benjamin "Ben" Ashkettle, Australian silver medalist marathoner at the 2013 Men's Half Marathon