Ashmole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ashmole family

The surname Ashmole 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 Ashmole family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashmole 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 Ashmole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashmole 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 Ashmole include Ashmole, Ashmoal, Ashmoll, Ashmull, Ashmall and others.

Early Notables of the Ashmole 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 Ashmole family

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 Ashmole or a variant listed above: 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.


Contemporary Notables of the name Ashmole (post 1700) +

  • William George Ashmole (1892-1968), English footballer who played as a Winger for Burton United, Stockport County, and Watford from 1912 to 1919
  • Nelson Philip Ashmole (b. 1934), commonly known as Philip Ashmole, an English zoologist and conservationist
  • Bernard Ashmole CBE, MC (1894-1988), British archaeologist and art historian born in Ilford, Essex who specialized in ancient Greek sculpture


  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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