name Assenhurst comes from the family having resided in Ashurst
in the county of Lancashire
. The name derives from the Old English words, ash,
meaning ash tree
, and hyrst,
and indicates that the town was named for a hill on which ash trees grew.
Early Origins of the Assenhurst family
The surname Assenhurst was first found in the counties of Lancashire
, 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  lords of Ashurst in that county, where they appear to have been seated not long after the Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
In the north transept of the church of Leigh, Staffordshire
are monuments to the Ashenhurst family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The family of Ashhurst had lands [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] in 1346 and frequently occur later." CITATION[CLOSE]
'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 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
Early History of the Assenhurst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Assenhurst research.Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1680, 1679, 1662, 1645, 1711, 1681, 1695, 1715, 1722, 1614, 1680, 1647 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Assenhurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Assenhurst Spelling Variations
Assenhurst has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Assenhurst family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Henry Ashurst (c.
1614-1680), was a wealthy and benevolent merchant of London; James Ashurst (died 1679), was an English divine who lost his living in the Great Ejection of 1662; Sir Henry Ashurst, 1st Baronet
(1645-1711), English Member of Parliament for Truro, 1681-1695... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Assenhurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Assenhurst family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Assenhursts to arrive on North American shores: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
The Assenhurst 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.