Early Origins of the Asberay family
The surname Asberay was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Astbury in the county. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1287 when William of Astbury was recorded with estates in that village.
Early History of the Asberay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asberay research.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1688 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Asberay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Asberay 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 Asberay has appeared include Astbury, Astbry, Astbrey, Asprey, Aspry, Astbray, Astburie and many more.
Early Notables of the Asberay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Asberay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Asberay arrived in North America very early: Henry Aspray, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Thomas W. Astbury, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877; and John and Edward Catherton Astbury, who were recorded in Sacramento County, California between 1866 and 1871..