The Asshau surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Asshau is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Asshau was given to someone who lived near a prominent ash tree. The name Asshau 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 Asshau family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Early Origins of the Asshau family
The surname Asshau 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 Asshau family
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Asshau Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Asshau include Aschau, Aschaue, Aschaues, Asschau, Achau, Achaue, Aschauer and many more.
Early Notables of the Asshau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asshau family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Friedrich Aschauer, who landed in Texas in 1846.