The name Asman has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a an ancient Saxon name which meant warrior of the spear.Ash, another ancient Saxon name meant spear.
The surname Asman was first found in the county of Wiltshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Ash, in ancient Saxon meant "spear," therefore Ashman was a "spear warrior," and its ancient records are included in the Domesday Book compiled by Duke William after his Conquest of England in 1066. It shows them to have had manors and estates in Wiltshire.
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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Asman have been found, including Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Asman, or a variant listed above:
Asman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Frederick William Asman, aged 17, originally from Newark, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Eten" from Liverpool, England
George Asman, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Ulua" from Liverpool, England
Johan Asman, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1919 from Antwerp, Belgium