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Where did the English Askew family come from? What is the English Askew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Askew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Askew family history?


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.

First found in the county of Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


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.


Another 369 words (26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Askew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Matthias Askew (b. 1982), American NFL and CFL football defensive tackle who played from 2004 to 2011
  • Bobby DeAngelo Askew Jr. (b. 1980), American former NFL football fullback who played from 2003 to 2009
  • Rayshawn Askew (b. 1979), American football player
  • John "Sonny" Askew (b. 1957), retired American soccer forward
  • Luke Askew (1932-2012), American actor best known for his role in the 1969 film Easy Rider
  • Reubin O'Donovan Askew (1928-2014), American politician, 37th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida
  • Vincent Jerome Askew (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • 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



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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  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. 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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