Ashmen is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of 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 Ashmen family
The surname Ashmen 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.
Early History of the Ashmen family
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Ashmen 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 Ashmen were recorded, including Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.
Early Notables of the Ashmen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashmen family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ashmen family emigrate to North America: George Ashman who settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry Ashman settled in Philadelphia in 1754; and James Ashman arrived in Philadelphia in 1814. In Newfoundland the family is registered in St. John's, with George Ashman in 1816.