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. [1]

However, one source notes that name may be "a genitive form of Ape or Appe; a personal name, ante [(before)]1066 [and in the] Domesday Book. " [2]

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, [3] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Early History of the Asp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asp research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1327, 1524, 1534, 1628, 1779, 1658, 1604 and 1787 are 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Asp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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 [4]
  • Sven Asp, aged 30, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [4]

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 [5]
  • Edwin Asp, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Dickinson County, 1933 [5]
  • Jonathan Asp (b. 1990), Swedish footballer
  • Anna Asp (b. 1946), Swedish Academy Award winning production designer and art director


The Asp Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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