Ashkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Ashkin belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the township of Heskin, which is in the parish of Eccleston, near Chorley in Lancashire. The surname Ashkin belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Ashkin family
The surname Ashkin was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times. Later migration found them in Northern Ireland in the province of Connacht were the name was frequently confused with the name Waters which was also an Anglicization of the Gaelic O'hUiscin.
Early History of the Ashkin family
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Ashkin Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ashkin include Heskin, O'Heskin, Askin, Askyn, Askins, O'hUiscin and others.
Early Notables of the Ashkin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashkin family to Ireland
Some of the Ashkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ashkin family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ashkin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Askyn, who came to Virginia 1635; Sarah Askin, who came to Pennsylvania in 1773; John Askin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806; and Henry Askin, who came to New York in 1823..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ashkin (post 1700) +
- Arthur Ashkin (b. 1922), American scientist and Nobel laureate (2018) who worked at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies
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