Asquith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Asquith first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in North Yorkshire, where they took their name from the village of Askwith. The place-name is derived from the Old English word askvior, which means dweller near the ash wood.

Early Origins of the Asquith family

The surname Asquith was first found in Yorkshire, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early History of the Asquith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asquith research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1892, 1908 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Asquith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Asquith Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Asquith has appeared include Asquith, Askwith and others.

Early Notables of the Asquith family (pre 1700)

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United States Asquith migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Asquith arrived in North America very early:

Asquith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles, Jacob, Robert, Samuel, and William Asquith, who, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1858 and 1875

Australia Asquith migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Asquith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan Asquith, (b. 1807), aged 20, British convict who was convicted in York, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1869 [1]
  • Mr. William Asquith, British Convict who was convicted in York, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

New Zealand Asquith migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Asquith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Asquith, aged 26, a printer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Caroline Asquith, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Asquith (post 1700) +

  • Herbert Henry "H.H." Asquith KG, PC, KC, FRS (1852-1928), 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1908-1916)
  • Frederick Thomas Asquith (1870-1916), English cricketer
  • Cyril Asquith (1890-1954), Baron Asquith of Bishopstone, an English barrister, judge and law lord, fourth son of H. H. Asquith
  • Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn Asquith (1887-1960), née Charteris, an English writer and socialite, wife of the poet Herbert Asquith
  • Herbert Asquith (1881-1947), English poet, novelist, and lawyer, second son of H. H. Asquith
  • Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), English barrister, son of H. H. Asquith, he was killed in action in World War I
  • Julian Edward George Asquith KCMG (1916-2011), 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, British colonial administrator
  • Anthony Asquith (1902-1968), English film director, youngest son of H. H. Asquith
  • The Honourable Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith KCMG (b. 1957), British career diplomat and former Ambassador to Iraq, Egypt, and Libya
  • Clare Asquith (b. 1951), the Countess of Oxford and Asquith, a British independent scholar and author
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837


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