The origins of the Assurst name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Assurst family
The surname Assurst 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 Assurst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Assurst 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 Assurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Assurst Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Assurst were recorded, including Ashhurst, Ashurst, Ashirst, Ashairst, Ashenhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Assurst 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 Assurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Assurst family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Assurst family emigrate to North America: Richard Ashurst arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; and many more.
The Assurst 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.