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Where did the German Asher family come from? What is the German Asher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Asher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Asher family history?

The name Asher, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in Swabia, a medieval dukedom that was in southwestern Germany. In the 1st century, Swabia was settled by the tribe of the Sueben who came from central Germany and drove the Celts to Gaul (France). After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Germanic Alemans from the north and the Bajuvaren from the east entered the region. These tribes were in turn defeated by the Franks under Clovis in 496. The dukedom of Swabia was formed in the 10th century. It was ruled by the Hohenstaufen family between the 11th and 13th centuries, when the counts of Wuerttemberg took control. Two other imperial dynasties also came from Swabia: the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns, who were the Kings of Prussia and the last German emperors until 1918. Today, the area is called Baden-Württemberg.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Asch, Asche, Asches, Ascher, Assch, Assche, Aschen and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asher research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1727, 1762, 1783, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Asher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Asher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Asher, who landed in New York in 1739
  • John Asher, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1773

Asher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Asher, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845
  • Aron Asher, who landed in Mississippi in 1850
  • A Asher, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles Asher, who arrived in Mississippi in 1852
  • Conrad Asher, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855


Asher Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Asher, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Albert Asher, aged 61, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Albert Asher, aged 64, who settled in America from London, England, in 1906
  • Adelaide Asher, aged 33, who arrived at New York City, N.Y., in 1924

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  • Irving Asher (1903-1985), American motion picture producer
  • John Mallory Asher (b. 1971), American actor and director
  • Lee Asher (b. 1976), American magician
  • Tony Asher, American lyricist
  • William Milton Asher (1921-2012), American four-time Emmy Award nominated television and film producer, film director, and screenwriter
  • Michael Max Asher (1943-2012), American conceptual artist
  • Alexander Asher (1835-1905), Scottish politician
  • Allan Asher, Australian public affairs official and activist
  • Herb Asher, American university professor
  • Iraena Asher (b. 1979), New Zealand trainee teacher and model

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.

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  2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Asher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Asher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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