The Assewode surname is derived from the Old English words "oesc," meaning ash, and "wudu," meaning wood. It comes from the class of local
names, or names that are based on where the original bearer of the name lived. Assewode may have originally been born by someone who lived by an ash wood, or the name may have come from a village or place so called. In some instances, the name may be a spelling variation of Ashworth.
Early Origins of the Assewode family
The surname Assewode was first found in Lancashire.
Early History of the Assewode family
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Assewode 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 Assewode family name include Ashwood, Ashwode, Assewode, Asswode, Asswood and others.
Early Notables of the Assewode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Assewode 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 Assewode surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Ashwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; John Ashwood, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1713; Allis Ashworth, listed as a runaway convict servants in Maryland in 1774.