Show ContentsAshmore 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.

Sifting though archival materials, we found Elias de Asmore in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296, and later as de Ashmer in 1327. Early Wiltshire records show William Asschmere there in 1349. [4]

Early History of the Ashmore family

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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)

Notables of the family at this time include John Ashmore (fl. 1621), who was the first who attempted a translation into English of selected odes of Horace. In 1621 he published 'Certain selected Odes of Horace Englished, and their Arguments annexed.' To the translations are added a number of epigrams and anagrams. The translations show considerable facility of versification, and are by no means devoid of grace; but the translator's choice is for longer measures, and there is...
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Ashmore Ranking

In the United States, the name Ashmore is the 4,431st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Ashmore family to Ireland

Some of the Ashmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States 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
  • John Ashmore, (Ashmead), who left England and arrived in Maryland in 1634 aboard the ship "Ark and Dove" [6]
  • Mr. William Ashmore, (Ashmead), who left England and arrived in Maryland in 1634 aboard the ship "Ark and Dove" [6]
  • John Ashmore, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1680
Ashmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Ashmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Elizabeth Ashmore, who settled in Maryland in 1727
  • John Ashmore, who landed in Georgia in 1749 [6]
Ashmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Ashmore, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Australia 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 [7]
  • Rose Ashmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [8]
  • William Ashmore, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [9]
  • Joseph Ashmore, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" [10]
  • Susan Ashmore, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

West Indies Ashmore migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Ashmore Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Ashmore, (b. 1602), aged 33, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashmore (post 1700) +

  • Charles Timothy Ashmore (1945-2021), known by his stage name Blackberri, an American singer-songwriter and community activist
  • 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 [13]
  • Thomas Ashmore, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900 [13]
  • John Durant Ashmore (1819-1871), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1848-53; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1859-60 [13]
  • Clinton N. Ashmore, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1961-69, 1975-76 [13]
  • James Charles Ashmore (b. 1986), English footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James R Ashmore, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [14]
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 [15]

The Ashmore Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cave adsum
Motto Translation: Beware I am here.

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  6. 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)
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from
  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved
  10. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved
  12. Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. Retrieved from
  13. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  14. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  15. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook