In ancient times the city was known under the name Askeraden (sometimes you can find the writing Asheraden), which means "pier". The fact that the local bay was very convenient for leisure travelers Norman merchants that transported goods to Byzantium and Greece. Besides, this is where the rook - "Ashka" had dragged dragged through the rapids of the Daugava, which ended here.
Aizkraukles Liv castle was first mentioned in the "Chronicle of Livonia" in 1204 in connection with the attack Livonians and Lithuanians to Riga. In the area of the modern city there Asheraden German crusaders castle (germ. Ascheraden). The modern new city arose in 1960 in connection with the construction of Plavinas HPP and the name of the village they got. Peter Stuchki. In 1967, the village became a town and the name of Stuchka (Latv. Stucka). In 1991, the city became known as Aizkraukle on adjacent historic village.