The ancestors of the bearers of the Annesslie family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at Ansley
, and Annersley
. The surname Annesslie was originally derived from the Old English name Ansleah.
Early Origins of the Annesslie family
The surname Annesslie was first found in Oxfordshire
where the family held a family seat
at Bletchington. "Ralph, surnamed Brito de Annesley, living in the second year of Henry II, (1156,) is assumed to have been son of Richard of Annesley, in the county of Nottingham
, mentioned in the Domesday Survey
. The estate continued in the Annesleys till the death of John de Annesley, Esq., in 1437, when it went to an heiress to the Cahworths." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"Areley Castle [in Upper Areley, Staffordshire], the seat of the late Earl of Mountnorris, who, when Viscount Valentia, published his interesting travels in the east, is now the residence of his nephew, A. L. Annesley, Esq., who succeeded to his English and Irish estates." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Annesslie family
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Annesslie Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Annesslie include Annesley, Annesly, Annisley, Annisly, Annersley, Annersly, Anesly and many more.
Early Notables of the Annesslie family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Annesley, 1st Baron
Mountnorris and 2nd Viscount Valentia (1585-1660), an English statesman; Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey PC
(1614-1686), Irish-born, statesman, President of the Council of State and Treasurer of the Navy, Lord Privy Seal (1673 to 1682); and his son, Richard... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Annesslie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Annesslie family to Ireland
Some of the Annesslie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 238 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Annesslie family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Annesslie or a variant listed above: William Annesley who settled in Barbados in 1669; Robert Annesley who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806; John Anesley who arrived in North Carolina in 1701.
The Annesslie Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtutis amore
Motto Translation: Through love to virtue.