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Meaning and Origin of: Ash

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Ash tree; for girl or boy
  • Old English : Ash tree; for boy or girl

Last name origin & 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).
  • In New England, Ash is commonly found for French Dufresne, with the same meaning.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from an acronym for Yiddish AltSHul (see Altschul) or AyznSHtot (see Eisenstadt).