The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Asschau family. Asschau is a local
name. Asschau is a name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree. The name Asschau is derived from the Old German word asc, which means ash tree. The local name originated in Bavaria
, a region characterized by feudalism
, chivalry, and knighthood. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Asschau family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Early Origins of the Asschau family
The surname Asschau was first found in Bavaria
, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Asschau family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asschau research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Asschau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Asschau Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Asschau include Aschau, Aschaue, Aschaues, Asschau, Achau, Achaue, Aschauer and many more.
Early Notables of the Asschau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asschau family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Asschaus to arrive in North America, and among them were: Friedrich Aschauer, who landed in Texas in 1846.