The origins of the Aseham surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a an ancient Saxon name which meant warrior of the spear. Ash,
another ancient Saxon name meant spear.
Early Origins of the Aseham family
The surname Aseham was first found in the county of Wiltshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Ash, in ancient Saxon meant "spear," therefore Ashman was a "spear warrior," and its ancient records are included in the Domesday Book
compiled by Duke William after his Conquest of England
in 1066. It shows them to have had manors and estates in Wiltshire.
Early History of the Aseham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aseham research.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 191 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Aseham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aseham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Aseham has been spelled many different ways, including Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.
Early Notables of the Aseham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aseham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Asehams to arrive in North America: George Ashman who settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry Ashman settled in Philadelphia in 1754; and James Ashman arrived in Philadelphia in 1814. In Newfoundland the family is registered in St. John's, with George Ashman in 1816.