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The name Asher, 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.
The surname Asher 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Asch, Asche, Asches, Ascher, Assch, Assche, Aschen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asher research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1727, 1762, 1783, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Asher History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Asher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Asher, who landed in New York in 1739
- John Asher, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1773
Asher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Asher, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845
- Aron Asher, who landed in Mississippi in 1850
- A Asher, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Charles Asher, who arrived in Mississippi in 1852
- Conrad Asher, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
Asher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Asher, who emigrated to America, in 1903
- Albert Asher, aged 61, who landed in America from London, in 1903
- Albert Asher, aged 64, who settled in America from London, England, in 1906
- Adelaide Asher, aged 33, who arrived at New York City, N.Y., in 1924
Asher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- J. Asher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bardaster" in 1839
- M. Asher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bardaster" in 1839
- John Asher, aged 32, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
- Mary Asher, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
- John Asher, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
Asher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- A Asher landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- M Asher landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
- Thomas Asher, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Mary Asher, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Suzanne Asher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
- Robert L. Asher, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1966
- Robert B. Asher, American Republican politician, Pennsylvania Republican State Chair, 1985
- Robert Asher, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania, 2000-08; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000, 2008
- Marjorie S. Asher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1972, 1980
- Kathleen M. Asher (b. 1933), American Democrat politician, chair of Tuscola County Democratic Party, 1975-87; Democratic Candidate for Michigan State Senate, 1978 (28th District), 1982 (primary, 34th District)
- John R. Asher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960
- Hugo K. Asher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1920
- Hugh H. Asher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1912; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky at-large, 1932
- Harry F. Asher, American politician, Mayor of Mineola, New York, 1927-31; defeated, 1931
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 DuceMotto Translation:
With virtue for guide.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
- Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
- Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
- Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
- Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
The Asher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Asher 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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