Show ContentsAscher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ascher, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in Swabia, a medieval dukedom that was in southwestern Germany. In the 1st century, Swabia was settled by the tribe of the Sueben who came from central Germany and drove the Celts to Gaul (France). After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Germanic Alemans from the north and the Bajuvaren from the east entered the region. These tribes were in turn defeated by the Franks under Clovis in 496. The dukedom of Swabia was formed in the 10th century. It was ruled by the Hohenstaufen family between the 11th and 13th centuries, when the counts of Wuerttemberg took control. Two other imperial dynasties also came from Swabia: the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns, who were the Kings of Prussia and the last German emperors until 1918. Today, the area is called Baden-Württemberg.

Early Origins of the Ascher family

The surname Ascher was first found in Swabia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Ascher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ascher research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1727, 1762, 1783, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Ascher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ascher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Asch, Asche, Asches, Ascher, Assch, Assche, Aschen and many more.

Early Notables of the Ascher family (pre 1700)

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United States Ascher migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ascher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Ascher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Hermann Ascher, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Hermine Ascher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Wilhelm Ascher, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • William Ascher, who landed in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ascher (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Ascher (b. 1933), prominent American governmental economist
  • Leo Ascher (1880-1942), Jewish composer
  • Kenneth Ascher (b. 1944), American musician, songwriter and musical arranger
  • William Ascher (b. 1947), American professor of public policy
  • Richard A. Ascher, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [2]
  • John B. Ascher, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1991 [2]
  • John A. Ascher, American Democratic Party politician, Physician; Member of Nevada State Legislature; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1926, 1930; Mayor of Freeport, Illinois [2]
  • Philippe Ascher (1936-2022), French neuroscientist and Professor Emeritus at the Université Paris Diderot
  • Joseph Ascher, Dutch composer and court pianist to Eugénie de Montijo
  • Ascher H. Shapiro (1916-2004), American MIT professor and expert in fluid dynamics

  • Paul Ascher (1899-1941), German Fregattenkapitän who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

The Ascher Motto +

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: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 5) . Retrieved from
  3. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook