Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Warwickshire, where they founded the town of Astley. The name is local; a transliteration of the name is east leigh, or east wood.
Early Origins of the Astlay family
Warwickshire at Astley, a village and parish within the North Warwickshire district. There are other locals through Britain, but this seems to be local from which the family are descended. The name can be "traced to Philip de Estlega in the 12th of Henry II, and in the female line from the Constables of Melton-Constable, which estate came into the family be the second marriage of Thomas Lord Astley with Edith, third sister and coheir of Geoffrey de Donstable, in the time of Henry II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. Astley Castle, the original seat, descended by an heiress to the Greys of Ruthin.
Early History of the Astlay family
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Astlay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Astlay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Astlay include: Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.
Early Notables of the Astlay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Astley, Lord Astley; Isaac Astley, 2nd Baron Astley of Reading; Jacob Astley, 3rd Baron Astley of Reading (c.1654-1688)...
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Migration of the Astlay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Astlay or a variant listed above: Charles Astley who settled in New England in 1684; Henry Astley settled in Philadelphia in 1781; Christopher Astley settled in Newcastle, Del. in 1852..
The Astlay 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: Justitiae tenax
Motto Translation: Justice preserves.
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