Ashurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ashurst has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Ashurst in the county of Lancashire. The name derives from the Old English words, ash, meaning ash tree, and hyrst, meaning hill, and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.

Early Origins of the Ashurst family

The surname Ashurst was first found in the counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the north west of England. The Lancashire family seems to be the oldest as noted "A Lancashire family of good antiquity, and until the middle of the last century [1700] lords of Ashurst in that county, where they appear to have been seated not long after the Conquest." [1] In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire are monuments to the Ashenhurst family. [2] "The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." [3]

Important Dates for the Ashurst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashurst research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1680, 1647, 1720, 1679, 1662, 1645, 1711, 1681, 1695, 1715 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Ashurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ashurst 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 Ashurst have been found, including Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.

Early Notables of the Ashurst family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Henry Ashurst (c. 1614-1680), a wealthy and benevolent merchant of London, "noted for his gifts of money to pious or charitable purposes, the founder of the family of Ashurst or Ashhurst of Waterstock, Oxfordshire, was descended from an old Lancashire family, seated at Ashurst, in the township of Dalton and parish of Wigan. " [4] His son, Sir William...
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Ashurst migration to the United States

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 Ashurst, or a variant listed above:

Ashurst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ashurst, aged 24, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
Ashurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Ashurst, who landed in America in 1805 [5]
  • Richard Ashurst, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • Thomas Ashurst, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1880 [5]

Ashurst migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ashurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Ashurst, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ashurst (post 1700)

  • Henry Fountain Ashurst (1874-1962), American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona Territorial House of Representatives, 1896; Member of Arizona Territorial Senate, 1902; U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1912-41 [7]
  • William Henry Ashurst (Ashhurst) (1725-1807), English judge who "belonged to the Lancashire family, the Ashhursts of Ashhurst or Ashurst. One of his ancestors was Henry Ashurst, the philanthropist and another was lord mayor of London in 1693. " [8]
  • Elias A. "Eli" Ashurst (1901-1927), English professional footballer
  • William "Bill" Ashurst (1894-1947), English footballer
  • Matthew "Matty" Ashurst (b. 1989), English professional rugby League footballer
  • William "Bill" F. Ashurst (b. 1948), English professional rugby league footballer
  • William Henry Ashurst (1792-1855), English solicitor, founder of Ashurst LLP in 1822
  • Len Ashurst (b. 1939), English former footballer, manager and football administrator
  • Nigel Ashurst, New Zealand former association football player
  • John "Jack" Ashurst (b. 1954), Scottish former professional football player


  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. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
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