The ancestors of the name Askom date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Askom family lived in parishes called Askham,
, and Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria).
Early Origins of the Askom family
The surname Askom was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Askom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askom 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 Askom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Askom Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Askom are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Askom include: Askham, Askheam, Ascham, Askum, Askam and others.
Early Notables of the Askom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Askom family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Askom 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.