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