Tower of the Protestant church in Asperen
The village centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Asperen in the municipality of Lingewaal.
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In Roman times Asperen was the location of the Roman settlement Caspingium from which it takes its name.
In 2001, the village of Asperen had 2932 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 0.72 km², and contained 1087 residences.
The statistical area "Asperen", which also includes the peripheral parts of the village, as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 3060.
Dirk Willems was a notable resident, as a sixteenth-century martyred Anabaptist - most famous for his act, after escaping from prison, of turning around to rescue his pursuer, who had fallen through thin ice while chasing Willems. This resulted in Willems being recaptured, then tortured and killed for his faith.
A number of family surnames and variations originate from this place name, such as Van Asperen, Asperenn, Asperenns, Asperens, Asperene, Asperenes, Asper, Asperren, Aspperen and Aspperens.
- Compendium of ancient geography, Volume 2. R. M'Dermut and D. D. Arden. 1814. p. 713. Retrieved July 2010. Check date values in:
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005. As of 1 January 2005.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- "Origin of Asper". Surnameweb.org. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Asperen". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
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