Asquorthay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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 Asquorthay family
The surname Asquorthay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Asquorthay family
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Asquorthay 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 Asquorthay family name include Asquith, Askwith and others.
Early Notables of the Asquorthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asquorthay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Asquorthay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Charles, Jacob, Robert, Samuel, and William Asquith, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1858 and 1875.