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

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The name, Askew, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Askey, Aske, Askew, Aiscough, Ayscoghe, Asker, Ayscough, Aiskey and many more.

First found in the county of Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askew research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1590, 1911, 1521, 1546, 1550, 1616, 1616, 1671, 1618, 1668, 1659, 1619, 1689, 1650, 1699, 1685, 1699, 1699 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Askew History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 261 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Askew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Askew surname who came to North America were:

Askew Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Askew settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts about the time of the "Mayflower," 1620
  • William Askew who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Askew in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Askew, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Askew, who landed in Maryland in 1641


Askew Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Askew, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Catherine and Charles Askew were late arrivals in 1730

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  • Bobby DeAngelo Askew Jr. (b. 1980), American football fullback
  • Vincent Jerome Askew (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • Reubin O'Donovan Askew (1928-2014), American politician, 37th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida
  • Luke Askew (1932-2012), American actor best known for his role in the 1969 film Easy Rider
  • John "Sonny" Askew (b. 1957), retired American soccer forward
  • Matthias Askew (b. 1982), American football defensive tackle
  • Rayshawn Askew (b. 1979), American football player
  • Dave Askew (b. 1963), English darts player
  • Desmond Askew (b. 1972), English actor of film and television
  • Lynsey Riann Frances Askew (b. 1986), English cricketer


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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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Askew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askew 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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