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The name Ashton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Ashton, Lancashire. The first part of the name, Ash, was originally given to a person who resided in an area where ash trees prospered. There are eighteen parishes and townships called Ashton in numerous counties and there are also various minor localities of this same name.

Ashton Early Origins



The surname Ashton was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat originally at Assheton, originally known as Assheton-under-Lyne. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The manor of Middleton has an extensive history dating back to the de Lacy family. It passed through Thomas Plantagenet and then "it would appear that the manor subsequently passed to the Kydales and the Bartons; and by the marriage of Sir Ralph Assheton, commonly called the " Black Knight of Ashton," with the last heiress of the Bartons, it was conveyed to the Assheton family.

Sir Ralph was successively knight-marshal, and vice-constable of England, the latter office having been conferred upon him for his gallant services under Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterwards Richard III.; and his devoted attachment to the house of York was rewarded by that sovereign with the grant of divers manors confiscated from the adherents of the house of Lancaster. His grandson, Sir Richard Assheton, was one of the heroes of Flodden-Field, and led to the attack in that memorable battle a body of Middleton bowmen, which formed part of the left wing under the command of Sir Edward Stanley; for his valour on the occasion, he received the honour of knighthood from Henry VIII., and various important privileges were conferred upon his manor of Middleton." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"The manor [of Downham, Lancashire] is carried up to a period before the Conquest, when it was possessed by Aufray, or Alfred, a Saxon. It was granted by the Lacys to Ralph de Rous, and afterwards to Peter de Cestria; and by Henry, Duke of Lancaster, to John de Dyneley, a member of the Cliviger family. After the dissolution of Whalley Abbey, in which the fee vested, it was sold to Richard Assheton; and Downham Hall, existing in 1308, but rebuilt in 1775, became the seat of the Asshetons." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Ashton Spelling Variations


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Ashton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ashton have been found, including Ashton, Asshton, Asheton, Ashtown, Assheton, Ascheton and many more.

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Ashton Early History


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Ashton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashton research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1323, 1400, 1431, 1585, 1646, 1700, 1818, 1581, 1644, 1605, 1680, 1620, 1695, 1624, 1696, 1626, 1665, 1652, 1716, 1691, 1658, 1658, 1641, 1711, 1651, 1716, 1677, 1679, 1694, 1698 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Ashton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ashton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Baronet of Lever ( c. 1581-1644); Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Baronet of Lever (c. 1605-1680); Sir Edmund Assheton, 3rd Baronet of Lever (1620-1695); Sir John Assheton, 4th Baronet of Lever (1624-1696); Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Baronet of Middleton (1626-1665), Sir Ralph Assheton...

Another 166 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ashton In Ireland


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Ashton In Ireland



Some of the Ashton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ashton, or a variant listed above:

Ashton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Ashton, who sailed to Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Ashton, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • Thom Ashton, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Walter Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Reuben Ashton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Thomas Ashton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Alex Ashton, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • John Ashton arrived in Virginia in 1720

Ashton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Ashton sailed to Philadelphia in 1816
  • G Ashton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Ashton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Evan Ashton journeyed to San Francisco in 1852
  • Wissal H Ashton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Ashton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Ashton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • G Ashton, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Ashton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Baker Ashton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Charlotte Ashton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Henry Hamilton Ashton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Thomas Mills Ashton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Victoria Hannah Ashton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ashton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C T Ashton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • H. Ashton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Thiza Ashton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Maria Ashton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Oxenbauld Ashton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ashton (post 1700)



  • William H. Ashton, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Chester County 2nd District; Elected 1954, 1960
  • William P. Ashton, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1928
  • Russell A. Ashton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2000 (alternate), 2004 (alternate), 2008; Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 2000
  • Mashea Ashton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Mark Ashton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2000, 2004
  • Linda M. Ashton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996
  • Kendrick Ashton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Joseph Ashton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Jeremy Ashton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • J. M. Ashton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1900
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ashton Historic Events


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Ashton Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. W. H. Ashton, English stationed aboard the S.S Picton from Southampton, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Ashton, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edwin Charles Ashton, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Walter Carter Ashton, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Jackson Ashton (b. 1899), English Able Bodied Seaman from Devonport, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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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: Quid non resolutio
Motto Translation: Someone not weakening.


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Ashton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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