Last name: Ashton

This distinguished surname, with several entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", and having more than thirty Coats of Arms, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places throughout England named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "aesc", ash, with "tun", enclosure, settlement. These places include: Ashton near Lancaster in Lancashire, recorded as "Estun" in the Domesday Book of 1086; Ashton near Bainton, Northamptonshire, appearing as "Aesctun" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, dated 960; also, Long Ashton, Somerset; Ashton Gifford, Wiltshire, and Steeple, West and Rood Ashton, Wiltshire. Locational surnames were originally given to the lord of the manor, or as a means of identification to those who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere. Notable early bearers of the name were: Thomas de Ashton, warrior, who fought with great valour under Neville at Neville's Cross in 1346; Sir Robert de Ashton, constable of Dover and warden of the Cinque ports, 1380; Sir John de Ashton, Knight of the shire for Lancashire, 1413, and Sir Ralph de Ashton, page of honour to Henry V1; vice-constable of England, and lieutenant of the Tower, 1483. A Coat of Arms granted to Major Miles Ashton, descendant of a noble and ancient Lancastrian family, in 1647, is a silver shield with an ash tree on a mount base all proper, growing through a gold urn, on a black chief a silver mullet, the Crest being a man armed cap-a-pie striking with a scythe proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Ascheton, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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John-Dean Ashton
This is very interesting, A family tree would also be of great help can anyone give me a website to find it?

d.ashton
I am also an Ashton and live in England any info would Be appreciated.

miles ashton
hello ashtons

this is the first i've heard of major miles ashton (not my namesake; miles davis) does anyone know more about him and or the crest he was granted?

ashton of croston
no miles ashton in my line so far

Damien Ashton

All my family that I am aware of , live in south Africa, im not sure when or who was the family member who first came to south Africa but there is little to no information about the Ashtons hin South Africa. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Tarryn Kuhn

Hi Damien. I hope my reply isn't too late but I just stumbled across your question now and MAY be of a little help (I hope). My late grandfather, Thomas Ashton (married to Gwen Ashton) moved from the U.K. to South Africa in the 40's. My cousin and aunt have done a family tree and apparently the history is VERY interesting. Should you still be keen, perhaps message them on facebook (Penny Terblanche-Tom's first daughter or Robyn Fyfe (Tom's granddaughter). They have all the information you may need, and they'll be happy to assist.

Katherine Parry
familysearch.org the account is free. You can put your self and what family you do know into the data base to see if it links with what is already there. There are many ashtons-- likely you could connect to those lines

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