The story of the Ass family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name Ass was derived from the name Aassi,
which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald,
which means divine power.
The original spelling of the surname Ass was Aassiesen,
and this form is preserved in the Shetlands; many diminutive forms of the surname also exist. The surname was recorded in the Landnamabok
(the Icelandic Book of settlement), as Asi.
Early Origins of the Ass family
The surname Ass was first found in the Shetlands, where it is a form of Oswald.
Early History of the Ass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ass research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ass Spelling Variations
Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Ass has been recorded as Aassie, Assi, Assie, Aasie, Hoseason, Hosison and many more.
Early Notables of the Ass family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Ass family to Ireland
Some of the Ass family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ass family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Ass name: William Hoseason, and family who migrated directly from the Shetlands about 1730 to Jamaica. This family eventually married into the distinguished Bruce family of Jamaica..