Astle One-Name Study
with Astles, Astell & Astill
Astle, Sutherland, Scotland
There is a very small rural location in East Scotland called Astle, but as the Scottish census records show very few Astle families living in Scotland at all, and none in this area, it was not obvious how or why it got its name. I was very grateful therefore to receive the explanation below from Beekeepers Helen and Michael Milford who live thereabouts, and produce ASTLE HONEY. (A website is in development and as they hope to sell online, a link will appear here in due course).
“The origin of the name is uncertain but it is likely that, like many names in this area, it became cast in stone when the Ordnance Survey maps were printed. It is a source of discontent here that many place names became `anglicised` at that time when the map makers listened and interpreted the names spoken by the locals.
The strongest candidate for the origin of the name, drawn from old maps, is that the name derives from the valley of the ash `Ashdale` and was corrupted to Astle. Interestingly there are many ash trees in the little valley and we have two very old ones in our garden. Most of the few remaining old croft houses have ash trees nearby.”
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Two Canadian Astles visit Astle, Scotland.
We counted nine houses strung out for about a mile along a road. There are no shops. We were told by a local that the name derived from valley of the ash trees.