Ashman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Ashman begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a an ancient Saxon name which meant warrior of the spear. Ash, another ancient Saxon name meant spear.

Early Origins of the Ashman family

The surname Ashman was first found in the county of Wiltshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Ash, in ancient Saxon meant "spear," therefore Ashman was a "spear warrior," and its ancient records are included in the Domesday Book compiled by Duke William after his Conquest of England in 1066. It shows them to have had manors and estates in Wiltshire.

Important Dates for the Ashman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashman research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 191 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Ashman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashman 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 Ashman 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. The variations of the name Ashman include: Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.

Early Notables of the Ashman family (pre 1700)

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Ashman migration to the United States

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 Ashman or a variant listed above:

Ashman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Ashman who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • George Ashman, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
Ashman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Ashman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • J Henry Ashman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Henry Ashman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
Ashman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Ashman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1814
  • Wolfgang Ashman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]
  • James Ashman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [1]

Ashman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ashman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Ashman is registered in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1816 [2]
  • Thomas Ashman, married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1833 [2]
  • Thomas Ashman was a merchant of Herring Neck, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]

Ashman migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ashman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ashman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [3]
  • Mrs. Ashman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashman (post 1700)

  • Anastasia M. Ashman (b. 1964), American author
  • Howard Ashman (1950-1991), American playwright and movie music lyricist
  • W. T. Ashman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868 [4]
  • R. Frederick Ashman, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Warren; Elected 1918 [4]
  • Ron Ashman (1926-2004), English footballer
  • Matthew Ashman (1950-1995), English guitarist, best known for his work with Adam and the Ants
  • John Ashman (b. 1936), former English cricketer
  • George Allan Ashman (1928-2002), English footballer
  • Sir Herbert Ashman, English noble, created 1st Baronet Ashman in 1907
  • Rod Ashman (b. 1954), retired Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ashman family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry Clifford Ashman, American 3rd Class passenger from Butte, Montana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [5]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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