Asbury was known mostly as a surname in the past. Recently, Asbury has gained popularity as a first name, coinciding with the decreased frequency of the surname. The name may have been given as a tribute to a family name that has since been phased out through marriage or surname changes. The meaning of Asbury is a 'fortified town'.
Francis Asbury was a prominent religious figure in the Methodist Church when the United States of America became newly independent and is known as the American saint through his biography, 'American Saint: Francis Asbury And The Methodists', by John Wigger.