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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Norwegian
Pronounced Pron. AW-soom  [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsÅsum, Aasum, Aasumb

Meaning & History

Norwegian habitation surname. Åsum/Aasum/Aasumb is a common place name in Scandinavia, generally referring to an ancient farm or homestead. Derived from Old Norse aas ‘hill’ + um ‘around’. Norwegian emigrants from the Åsum farm in the traditional district of Vinger (Hedmark, Norway) adopted the Anglicized spelling ‘Awsumb’ after arriving in North America in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Added 8/13/2019 by anonymous
Edited 3/3/2020 by Mike C