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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


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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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Migration of the Asquith family to the New World and Oceana


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

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.)

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