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Where did the English Askin family come from? What is the English Askin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Askin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Askin family history?The name Askin first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the township of Heskin, which is in the parish of Eccleston, near Chorley in Lancashire. The surname Askin belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Askin has appeared include Heskin, O'Heskin, Askin, Askyn, Askins, O'hUiscin and others.
First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times. Later migration found them in Northern Ireland in the province of Connacht were the name was frequently confused with the name Waters which was also an Anglicization of the Gaelic O'hUiscin.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askin research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1163, 1618, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Askin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Askin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Askin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Askin arrived in North America very early:
Askin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Askin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Askin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Askin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askin 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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