Ashmoal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ashmoal family

The surname Ashmoal was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. One source claims the name is related to the name Ashmore as both hail from Wednesfield, Staffordshire. [1]

Early History of the Ashmoal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashmoal research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1552, 1575, 1588, 1613, 1686, 1617, 1692, 1660, 1617, 1638, 1641, 1642, 1644, 1668, 1677 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Ashmoal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashmoal Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ashmoal family name include Ashmole, Ashmoal, Ashmoll, Ashmull, Ashmall and others.

Early Notables of the Ashmoal family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), an English antiquary, politician, officer of arms, astrologer and student of alchemy. He was a Royalist during the English Civil War, and after the Restoration, he was appointed to the College of Arms as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary in June 1660. Upon his death, his antiquarian library and priceless manuscripts were donated to the University of Oxford to create the Ashmolean Museum. He was born at Lichfield 23 May 1617, where his father "though following the trade of a saddler, was a man of good family who had seen much...
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Migration of the Ashmoal family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ashmoal surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Ada Ashmele, aged 11, who arrived at Ellis Island from London, England, in 1923; Annie Ashmele, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from London, England, in 1923.



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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