As a personal name (and pre-dating surnames) Aslac, Aseloc and Haslec make several appearances in the 1086 Domesday Book for the Lincolnshire area of East Anglia. The origins are Scandinavian "Aslake" being Norse and "Aslac", Danish-Swede. The name was originally a compound which translates as "Ash-valley" and may have referred to one who dwelt in such a place. The introduction into England was 8th Century. The prefix "h" being added or omitted at will be medieval scribes. One Ricardus filus (son of) Aslac was mentioned in 1197 in the Pipe Rolls Records of Lincolnshire and Radulfus filus Oselach appeared in the 1189 Pipe Rolls of Suffolk. The London church register record the following entries. Elizabeth Haslelucke married James Dickenson at St. James, Clerkenwell on August 30th 1596; Marie and Elizabeth daughters of John and Katherine Haslocke were christened at St. Katherine by the Tower on May 28th 1644 and March 1st 1645, respectively. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Aselach, which was dated 1189, Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry 11, "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. 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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