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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The lineage of the name Askins begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the township of Heskin, which is in the parish of Eccleston, near Chorley in Lancashire. The surname Askins belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Askins has undergone many spelling variations, including 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askins research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1163, 1618, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Askins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Askins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Askins 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.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Askins were among those contributors:

Askins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Askins, who landed in Maryland in 1658

Askins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Askins, who arrived in Texas in 1830
  • Chas Askins, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854

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  • Jari Askins (b. 1953), American lawyer and Democratic politician, the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (2007-2011)
  • Charles Askins (1907-1999), American lawman, US Army officer, and writer
  • Keith Bernard Askins (b. 1967), retired American professional basketball player, 3 times NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
  • Herbert Rowland Askins, United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1951-1953)


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The Askins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askins 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.

This page was last modified on 28 April 2014 at 08:21.

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