Aslen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Aslen is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aslen family lived in Huntingdon. The name is also derived from the ancient baptismal name Ansell. That name is derived from the Germanic elements ans, meaning god, and helm, meaning protection or helmet. It derived some popularity from the fact that it was borne by a number of famous medieval churchmen. Notably, St. Anselm (c.1033-1109), the Benedictine monk was known as "the father of Scholasticism."

Early Origins of the Aslen family

The surname Aslen was first found in Nottinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Aslen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aslen research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1273, 1399, 1551, 1557, 1725, 1782 and 1390 are included under the topic Early Aslen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aslen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Aslen have been found, including Aslin, Aslen, Aslan, Asslin, Aslein, Ascelin, Asselin, Asselyn, Astlen, Aslyn, Asling and many more.

Early Notables of the Aslen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Aslen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Aslen family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Aslen were among those contributors: John Aslein, who sailed to New York in 1811; and John Asslin, who was recorded in Ontario in 1879.



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