Assenede is one of the oldest villages in Flanders, the earliest mention of Assenede date back to as early as the 10th century.
Local historic research is done by the "Twee Ambachten". Ethnologically there is no consensus about the name Assenede. According to some sources the name comes from "essen aan de Ede". The "es" means "ash" and "Ede" was a medium size stream.