The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Asmant family have grown. The name Asmant was given to a member of the family who was a an ancient Saxon name which meant warrior of the spear. Ash,
another ancient Saxon name meant spear.
Early Origins of the Asmant family
The surname Asmant 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.
Early History of the Asmant family
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Asmant Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Asmant family name include Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.
Early Notables of the Asmant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asmant family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Asmant surname or a spelling variation of the name include : George Ashman who settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry Ashman settled in Philadelphia in 1754; and James Ashman arrived in Philadelphia in 1814. In Newfoundland the family is registered in St. John's, with George Ashman in 1816.