The original surname was Van Assche. In Latin it was de Asca and it has its origin in a village called Assche close to Brussels in the current Belgium (at the time it was knwon as the Hertogdom Brabant). They were de Heren Van Assche and had the "Heerlijkheid Assche in Leen van de Hertogen van Brabant". The surname is known from circa 1068. From that time the name Hendrik van Assche is known.