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

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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Askey occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included 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 Askey 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 Askey 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 Askey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Askey, or a spelling variation of the surname include: William Askew who settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas in the same State in 1635; John settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts about the time of the "Mayflower," 1620.

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  • Richard Allen Askey (b. 1933), American mathematician
  • Tom Askey (b. 1974), American professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Arthur Bowden Askey (1900-1982), English comedian
  • Anthea Shirley Askey (1933-1999), English television actress who was a popular in the 1950s


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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. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Askey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askey 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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