Last name: Aspey

This interesting name has two possible origins, the first being a topographic name for someone who lived by an aspen tree deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "aepse" itself a transposed form of "aespe" meaning "aspen". The surname from this source is first recorded in the early 13th Century, (see below). One, Robert atte Hespe appears in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, dated 1296. A second distinct possibility is that the name originated as a nickname for a timorous person, with reference to the trembling leaves of the tree. In the "modern" idiom, the name has ten spelling variations:- Ap(p)s, Happs, Apsey, Asp(e)y, Asp, Eps and Hesp(e). Church recordings include one Jane Aspe who married Willyam Hycks on July 13th 1578 at st. Margaret's, Westminster, Margaret Aspey married John Clay on April 8th 1628 at St. Gregory by St. Paul, London and Thomas, son of Thomas and Jane Aspey was christened on May 27th 1688 at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jon de (of) Apse, which was dated 1214, The Pipe Rolls of Surrey, during the reign of King John "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Alan Aspey
I believe there may be another source for the suname Aspey. In Lancashire Fines part 2 Final Concords 1308 - 1377 it states "By letters patent dated 23 February, 18 Edward 1 1290,the said Roger (de Pilkington) had a grant from the king of 1001li in consideration of his services in Gascony and Aspes." (Cal of the Patent Rolls page 352) In Final Concords 21 April 1354 it states "William Curless, knight, and Emma his wife, homages and services of William del Aspes. I believe it is quite possible that the modern name Aspey may have been derived from this source as there is a valley in the Pyranees called the Gave de Aspe

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