Ashmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Ashmore comes from when the family resided in the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire. The family name Ash is of topographical derivation and indicates that members of the family once lived in close proximity to an ash tree. [1]

Early Origins of the Ashmore family

The surname Ashmore was first found in the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire in the south of England. [2]

Ashmore is a parish, in the union of Shaftesbury, hundred of Cranborne, Shaston division of Dorset. "The church, erected in 1433, is a plain edifice of stone and flint. " [3]

The Ash in this case was in ancient Saxon a spear, and became the name of one who was adept in the handling of a spear.

Important Dates for the Ashmore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashmore research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1585, 1587, 1588, 1773, 1592 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Ashmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashmore Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ashmore has been recorded under many different variations, including Ashmore, Ashmoor, Aschmoor, Aschmore and others.

Early Notables of the Ashmore family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ashmore family to Ireland

Some of the Ashmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashmore migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ashmore or a variant listed above:

Ashmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ashmore, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [4]
  • William Ashmore, who settled in Maryland in 1634
  • John Ashmore, who settled in Maryland in 1634
  • Anthony Ashmore, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Anthony Ashmore, aged 33, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ashmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Ashmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Elizabeth Ashmore, who settled in Maryland in 1727
  • John Ashmore, who landed in Georgia in 1749 [4]
Ashmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Ashmore, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Ashmore migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ashmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Ashmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [5]
  • Rose Ashmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [6]
  • William Ashmore, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [7]
  • Joseph Ashmore, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" [8]
  • Susan Ashmore, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashmore (post 1700)

  • James N. Ashmore (1879-1944), American football, basketball, and baseball coach
  • Frank Ashmore (1945-1983), American actor, best known for his role as Martin in the 1983 NBC miniseries V
  • Robert Thomas Ashmore (1904-1989), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Harry Scott Ashmore (1916-1998), American journalist awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his editorials in 1957
  • William L. Ashmore, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1861-81 [9]
  • Thomas Ashmore, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900 [9]
  • John Durant Ashmore (1819-1871), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1848-53; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1859-60 [9]
  • Clinton N. Ashmore, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1961-69, 1975-76 [9]
  • James Charles Ashmore (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Beckwith Ashmore GCB DSC (1919-2016), British Royal Navy officer, Chief of the Defence Staff, First Sea Lord, Commander-in-Chief Fleet
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ashmore family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James R Ashmore, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wilburn James Ashmore, American Seaman Second Class from Louisiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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