The ancestors of the bearers of the Ashville family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Ashfield,
which means the open field with ash trees.
It is a place-name appearing in Lancashire
, and is were the family originated, though they became centered in Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Ashville family
The surname Ashville was first found in Suffolk
, at Ashfield, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed there as Assefelda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Great Ashfield, Suffolk
was also listed there as Eascefelda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
To complicate matters more, Ashfield is revival of an ancient village originally named Esfeld in 1216. It is now a local
government district in western Nottinghamshire
formed in 1974. And today, Ashfield is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in New South Wales
. This latter local was established shortly after the First Fleet
arrival in 1788.
Early History of the Ashville family
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Ashville 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 Ashville include Ashfield, Ashfields and others.
Early Notables of the Ashville family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashville family to Ireland
Some of the Ashville family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashville family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ashville or a variant listed above: James Ashfield settled in Virginia in 1636; John Ashfield settled in West New Jersey in 1664; and Henry Ashfield settled in Maryland in 1776.