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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German (often Äscher) : occupational name for an ashmaker (see Aschenbrenner), from Middle High German escher ‘ashes’.
  • German : topographic name for someone who lived by an ash tree or ash grove, from Middle High German asch ‘ash’ + -er, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
  • German : habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with the element asch, including Ascha, Aschach, Aschau.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : see Asher.

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