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The surname Askew was first found in the county of Cumberland, however some of the family were found at Aughton in the East Riding of Yorkshire in early times. "The church [of Aughton], the chancel of which was rebuilt in 1839, has a low embattled tower, built by Christopher, son of the unfortunate Robert Aske who was beheaded at York in the reign of Henry VIII., 1537, as a principal in the insurrection called the "Pilgrimage of Grace," occasioned by the suppression of the monasteries. On the chancel floor is a fine brass slab, on which are graven the effigies of Richard Aske and his lady, who died in the fifteenth century. Near the east bank of the river Derwent the moats and trenches of an ancient castle are still visible; and in the vicinity of the church is a large mound of earth, the site of the castellated mansion of the Aske family." [1]

The name, Askew, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Askey, Aske, Askew, Aiscough, Ayscoghe, Asker, Ayscough, Aiskey and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askew research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1590, 1911, 1521, 1546, 1540, 1438, 1450, 1558, 1590, 1641, 1624, 1596, 1654, 1618, 1668, 1659, 1550, 1616, 1616, 1671, 1618, 1668, 1659, 1619, 1689, 1650, 1699, 1685, 1699, 1699 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Askew History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Askew surname who came to North America were:

Askew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Askew settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts about the time of the "Mayflower," 1620
  • William Askew who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Askew in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Askew, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Askew, who landed in Maryland in 1641


Askew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Askew, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Catherine and Charles Askew were late arrivals in 1730

Askew Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • In Newfoundland, one family named Askew, from Wandsworth, Surrey, England, settled in St. John's in 1920

Askew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Askew, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Askew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Askew arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • William Askew, aged 43, a wheelwright, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Elizabeth Askew, aged 38, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • John Askew, aged 19, a wheelwright, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Thomas Askew, aged 16, a farm servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843


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  • W. S. Askew, American politician, Mayor of Newnan, Georgia, 1956
  • Reubin O'Donovan Askew (b. 1928), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1958-62; Member of Florida State Senate, 1962; Governor of Florida, 1971-79
  • John G. Askew, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wadena, Minnesota, 1961-83 (acting, 1961)
  • James Askew, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2004
  • Henry F. Askew, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wilmington, Delaware, 1856-61
  • George O. Askew, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1828-30
  • E. O. Askew, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1948
  • Benjamin Askew, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 9th District, 1876-78
  • Augustus Holly Askew (1854-1926), American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1903-05, 1907-09; Member of Tennessee State Senate, 1909-13
  • Alan A. Askew, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 45th District, 2004

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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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Askew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askew 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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