The history of the Ashleigh family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the parishes named Ashley
, Wilts, Cambridge. The name developed in many counties in England
and it represent one of the few names that may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. The family name Ashley
is a variant of the surname Ash,
which is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree.
Early Origins of the Ashleigh family
The surname Ashleigh was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. They were found in many counties in England
, and represent one of the few names which may have developed simultaneously in several different counties. They moved southward and appeared in Somerset
, and Dorset.
Early History of the Ashleigh family
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Ashleigh Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashleigh include Ashley, Ashly, Astley and others.
Early Notables of the Ashleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashleigh family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashleigh or a variant listed above: Ann Ashley in 1624 who settled in Virginia; Edward settled in Maine in 1630; another Edward settled in Salem, Massachusetts; Mary settled in Virginia in 1634.