The ancestors of the bearers of the Ashcem family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in parishes called Askham,
, and Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria).
Early Origins of the Ashcem family
The surname Ashcem was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ashcem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ashcem research.Another 491 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1313, 1379, 1515, 1553, 1650, 1752 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Ashcem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ashcem Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ashcem include Askham, Askheam, Ascham, Askum, Askam and others.
Early Notables of the Ashcem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashcem family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ashcem or a variant listed above: W.B. Askam, who sailed to San Francisco in 1850; and Charles, James and Luke Askam who journeyed to Philadelphia in 1854.