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The noble surname Asencio is of Spanish descent and appears to be of locative origin. Thus, the name is derived from a natural or man-made feature near to where the original bearer once dwelled. In this instance, the surname Asencio is derived from the Basque word "asen" meaning "blackberry bush," and the locative suffix "-sio." Thus the surname Asencio signifies "dweller at the place where the blackberry bushes grew."

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The surname Asencio was first found in the northern Basque country, where the family was able to establish their "casa solar" and become an influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Asensio, Asencio, Asenjo, Asentzio and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asencio research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1736 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Asencio History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asencio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Asencio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio Asencio, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881

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  • Diego Cortes Asencio (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, 1977; Brazil, 1983-86
  • Henry Asencio (b. 1971), American award-winning contemporary painter
  • Jairo Manuel Asencio (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Diego Cortes Asencio (b. 1931), Spanish diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Colombia (1977-1980) and United States Ambassador to Brazil (1983-1886)
  • Vicente Asencio y Ruano (1908-1979), Spanish composer, best known for his works for guitar
  • Miguel DePaula Asencio (b. 1980), Dominican Republic former Major League Baseball pitcher


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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Asencio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Asencio 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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