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ASHTON Family History

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...

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