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.
Early Origins of the Ashbourne family
The surname Ashbourne was 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The manor [of Ashburnham in Sussex], with the exception only of a few years, has been from a time anterior to the Conquest in the continued possession of the noble family of Ashburnham, whose mansion-house here is beautifully situated, and surrounded by a fine park. The church, situated behind Ashburnham House, is a neat cruciform edifice in the decorated English style, with a tower; the south transept contains a gallery for the family, and in the north are handsome monuments to William and John Ashburnham, and their wives." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ashbourne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashbourne research.Another 161 words (12 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Ashbourne Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Ashbourne family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Ashburnham (1603-1671), an English courtier, diplomat, politician and an attendant on the King, he managed to regain his ancestral estate of Ashburnham in 1639; and his younger brother, William Ashburnham (ca... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ashbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashbourne family to Ireland
Some of the Ashbourne family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Ashbourne family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Ashbourne (post 1700)
- Lorraine Ashbourne (b. 1961), English stage, film and television actress CITATION[CLOSE]
Lorraine Ashbourne. (Retrieved 2013, September 30) Lorraine Ashbourne. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorraine_Ashbourne
- 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)