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Askum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the name Askum date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in parishes called Askham, or Ascham, in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Westmorland (now part of Cumbria).

Early Origins of the Askum family


The surname Askum was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Askum family


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Askum Spelling Variations


Askum has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Askum have been found, including Askham, Askheam, Ascham, Askum, Askam and others.

Early Notables of the Askum family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Askum family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Askums to arrive on North American shores: W.B. Askam, who sailed to San Francisco in 1850; and Charles, James and Luke Askam who journeyed to Philadelphia in 1854.

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