Asp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Asp surname lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Asp is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.

Early Origins of the Asp family

The surname Asp was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Important Dates for the Asp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asp research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Asp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Asp 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 Asp 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 Asp include: Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Asp family (pre 1700)

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Asp migration to the United States

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 Asp or a variant listed above:

Asp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Sween Asp, aged 18, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [2]
  • Sven Asp, aged 30, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Asp (post 1700)

  • Henry E. Asp, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Oklahoma Territory, 1896; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1920 [3]
  • Edwin Asp, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Dickinson County, 1933 [3]
  • Jonathan Asp (b. 1990), Swedish footballer
  • Anna Asp (b. 1946), Swedish Academy Award winning production designer and art director


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
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