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Origin and Meaning of Askew

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective and adverb A*skew"
Awry; askance; asquint; oblique or obliquely; -- sometimes indicating scorn, or contempt, or entry.

Etymology: Pref. a- + skew

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Turned or twisted toward one side
  2. Turned or twisted to one side ("rugs lying askew")

From Old Norse á ská (“askew, askance”), equivalent to a- +‎ skew. Compare Icelandic á ská (“diagonally”), Danish skrå (“slanting, oblique”), German Schräge (“slope, slant”).

Notable Persons Named Askew

Askew was born in 1863. He died in 1896.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Askew

Luke Askew was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 2006. Luke was born on March 26th, 1932 in Macon, Georgia, U.S. He passed away on March 29th, 2012.


Reubin Askew was a 7th United States Trade Representative. His military service ended in 1948. Reubin was given the name Reubin O'Donovan Askew on September 11th, 1928 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He left this life on March 13th, 2014.


Desmond Askew is an actor. Desmond was born on December 17th, 1972 in London.


Johnny Gentle is a musician. His career lasted from 1959 to 1960. Johnny was given the name John Askew on December 8th, 1936 in Liverpool, England. Johnny is also known as Darren Young.


Vincent Askew is a basketball player for the Savannah Spirits, Arimo Bologna, Memphis Rockers, Philadelphia 76ers, Albany Patroons, Pallalcesto Amatori Udine, Golden State Warriors, Pallacanestro Reggiana, Sacramento Kings, and Seattle SuperSonics. He was most active from 1987 to 1999. Vincent was born on February 28th, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee.


John was born on September 2nd, 1908 in Gateshead, County Durham, England. He passed away on August 31st, 1942.


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Popularity of Askew as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Askew U.S.
  White 45.63% 64.26%
  African American 49.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.31% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Askew

People with the last name Askew are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Askew

  • How Popular is the name Askew? As a last name Askew was the 2,634th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Askew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Askew is Friday, January 1st, 1886.
  • How unique is the name Askew? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Askew. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Askew: Your name in reverse order is Weksa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kaesw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Askew? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,683 people with the last name Askew.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Askew? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Askew as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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