Ausman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ausman is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ausman family lived in Dorset. The name, however, is a reference to Osmandville, on the River Bire in Bessin, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Ausman family

The surname Ausman was first found in Dorset at Melbury Osmond, a village and civil parish in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Yetminster that dates back to 1283 when it was first listed as Melebur Osmund. "Melbury" roughly means "multi-coloured fortified place" from the Old English "maele" + burh." [1] Hence collectively the place name meant "fortified place of a man called Osmund." [1] Little is known about the place name other than the parish church, St. Osmund's was thought to have been built before 1550. It was completely rebuilt in 1745.

Important Dates for the Ausman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ausman research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Ausman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ausman Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.

Early Notables of the Ausman family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ausman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ausman migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ausman or a variant listed above:

Ausman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Ausman, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Lois Ausman, aged 21, who immigrated to Cherokee, Iowa, in 1923

Ausman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ausman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philip Ausman, who was living in Ontario in 1871
Ausman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Watson Ausman, aged 30, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Ausman (post 1700)

  • La Verne Ausman (b. 1930), American Republican former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Jon Ausman (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, from Cleveland, Ohio [2]
  • Milton E. Ausman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 29th District, 1938 [3]
  • LaVerne George Ausman, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 69th District, 1975-78 [3]
  • Jon Ausman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1996; Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 2004-08 [3]
  • Donna Harper Ausman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2012, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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