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Ash Family History

Ash Name Meaning

English: from Middle English asche ‘ash tree’ (Old English æsc) hence a topographic name for someone living by an ash tree or a habitational name from any of the many places in southern and central England named with this word (Derbyshire Dorset Hampshire Herefordshire Kent Surrey Shropshire Somerset and elsewhere). Americanized form of German Asch and Esch the latter ultimately also of Swiss German origin (see Oesch ). Americanized form (translation into English) of French Dufresne with the same meaning as 1 above. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an acronym for Yiddish AltSHul (see Altschul ) or AyznSHtot (see Eisenstadt ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Nash, Asch, Dash, Tash, Ask, Asp, Rash, Ast, Sas, Gash

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Where is the Ash family from?

You can see how Ash families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ash family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ash families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 968 Ash families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Ash's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ash families in 1891.
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What did your Ash ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ash. 8% of Ash men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Ash women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ash were Farmer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Ash. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Ash. For the veterans among your Ash ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ash lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ash life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ash in 1946 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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