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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.

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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.

First found in the Shetlands, where it is a form of Oswald.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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..

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  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Ass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ass Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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