Essman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Essman surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a an ancient Saxon name which meant warrior of the spear. Ash, another ancient Saxon name meant spear.

Early Origins of the Essman family

The surname Essman was first found in the county of Wiltshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Ash, in ancient Saxon meant "spear," therefore Ashman was a "spear warrior," and its ancient records are included in the Domesday Book compiled by Duke William after his Conquest of England in 1066. It shows them to have had manors and estates in Wiltshire.

Early History of the Essman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Essman research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 191 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Essman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Essman Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Essman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Essman include: Aschman, Ashman, Asheman, Asman and others.

Early Notables of the Essman family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Essman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Essman family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Essman or a variant listed above: George Ashman who settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry Ashman settled in Philadelphia in 1754; and James Ashman arrived in Philadelphia in 1814. In Newfoundland the family is registered in St. John's, with George Ashman in 1816.


Contemporary Notables of the name Essman (post 1700) +

  • Walter O. Essman, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1933 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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