Annislay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Annislay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Annislay comes from when the family lived at Ansley in Warwickshire, and Annersley in Northumberland. The surname Annislay was originally derived from the Old English name Ansleah.
Early Origins of the Annislay family
The surname Ann Islay 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." 
"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." 
Early History of the Annislay family
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Annislay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Annislay has appeared include Annesley, Annesly, Annisley, Annisly, Annersley, Annersly, Anesly and many more.
Early Notables of the Annislay 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 Annesley, 3rd Baron Altham (1655-1701), Dean of Exeter (1681-1701); Arthur Annesley, 4th Baron...
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Migration of the Annislay family to Ireland
Some of the Annislay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ann Islay family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Annislay arrived in North America very early: 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.
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The Annislay 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.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.