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ASHEROF Origin of surname


Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is a patronymic surname based on a male ancestor's personal name, in this case of biblical origin.

Asherof is a form of the Hebrew biblical male personal name Asher. The Russian suffix "-ov", and its Westernized spelling variants "-of(f)", mean "from" and stand for "son of". Thus Asherof is a translation of the Hebrew Ben Asher ("son of Asher"). The biblical Asher, meaning "happy" or "approved" in Hebrew, was a son of Jacob and Leah's handmaid Zilpah (Genesis 30.12). The German spelling, Ascher, is recorded as a family name in 1196 in Worms in western Germany. Many variants have evolved, among them Anselme, mentioned in Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1212, and later also in North Africa; the Latinized Anzelinus, recorded in Savoy in 1294; Oscher, documented in 1495 in Lutzelbourg in the French department of Moselle; Amschel, found in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, in 1691, and others. The original root was combined with place names from several parts of Germany, Bohemia and Eastern Europe to form family names like Ackermann (German for "ploughman") and Aschenburg (literally "fortress of ashes").

Distinguished bearers of the name Asheroff include the 20th century Soviet-born Israeli actor Misha Asheroff.
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