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Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:59 am
by Zakiah7
Does anyone know of anyone with Jewish ancestry with the last name Askew?

Re: Surname

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:59 pm
by jakayj
I checked with Dr. Yates, and he sent this for you:

Askew can be traced to a Norman William de Ascough, named after Aiscough, an Old Norse place-name. His family could have been Jewish or crypto-Jewish, particularly since he was “father of the English navy.” Other admirals and naval administrators who were crypto-Jewish were William Penn, John Pepys and Sir Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham. Many of these are discussed in "Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America," esp. chapter one, "Mapmakers, Privateers and Promoters." But the name itself is Old Norse/Norman and seems to have something to do with an oak.

Donald N. Yates, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
DNA Consultants
P.O. Box 2477
Longmont, CO 80502

tel. 480 292-9820

Hope this helps,