Ash Name Meaning

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 elsewhere). In New England, Ash is commonly found for French Dufresne, with the same meaning. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an acronym for Yiddish AltSHul (see Altschul) or AyznSHtot (see Eisenstadt).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Nash, Asch, Dash, Tash, Ask, Asp, Rash, Ast, Sas, Gash

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Ash Family Origin

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Ash Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ash occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Ash's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ash family was Farm Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ash.

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Ash Life Expectancy

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Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ash life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ash in 1946 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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