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Where did the English Ashbourne family come from? What is the English Ashbourne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ashbourne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ashbourne family history?

The ancestors of the name Ashbourne date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ashbourne family lived in Ashbourne, Derbyshire; in Ashburnham, Sussex; or in Ashburton, Devon.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ashbourne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ashbourne include: Ashburnham, Asbury, Astbury, Ashburner, Ashbourn, Ashburn, Ashburnam, Ashburham, Ashbourne and many more.

First found in Derbyshire, at Ashbourne, a market town in the Derbyshire Dales now famous for its historic annual Shrovetide football match. The first record was found in the Domesday Book where it was listed as Esseburne, having derived from the Old English aesc + burna, meaning "stream where the ash-trees grow." [1] "There can be little no doubt, however, that the Ashburnhams have been seated at Ashburnham from the reign of Henry II, and probably from a much earlier period, and are descended from Bertram, Constable of Dover in the reign or William the Conqueror. " [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbourne research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1842, 1603, 1671, 1639, 1604, 1679, 1628, 1697, 1660, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1638 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Ashbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ashbourne or a variant listed above:

Ashbourne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • H A Ashbourne, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Lorraine Ashbourne (b. 1961), English stage, film and television actress
  • Peter Ashbourne CD (b. 1950), Jamaican musician and composer
  • Thomas Gordon William Ashbourne (1894-1984), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Grand Falls-White Bay, Newfoundland (1949-1953)


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Ashbourne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ashbourne 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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