Asselstine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Asselstine is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Asselstine family once lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. The settlement of Heselden is in Durham, while Haselden is in Sussex. Haslingden is in Lancashire, Hazeldon Farm is in Wiltshire, and Hazelton is in Gloucestershire. The surname Asselstine belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Asselstine family
The surname Asselstine was first found in Sussex at ancient manor in or near Dallington.  The name is derived from the Old English words hoesel + denu, which mean "Hazel" + "valley."  Hazleton Abbey was an abbey in Gloucestershire.
Important Dates for the Asselstine family
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Asselstine 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 Asselstine family name include Hazeltine, Hazelton, Hazletine, Hasleden, Hazleton, Haseltine, Haselton, Hasletine, Haslett, Aseltine and many more.
Early Notables of the Asselstine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asselstine family to Ireland
Some of the Asselstine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Asselstine migration to Canada
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 Asselstine surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Asselstine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Asselstine, U.E., aka "Johannes", United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783 
- Mr. Peter Asselstine, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783 
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X