The Asswood 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. Asswood 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 Asswood family
The surname Asswood was first found in Lancashire.
Early History of the Asswood family
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Asswood Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Asswood include Ashwood, Ashwode, Assewode, Asswode, Asswood and others.
Early Notables of the Asswood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asswood family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.