Astle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Astle family

The surname Astle was first found in Northamptonshire at Astwell, a hamlet, partly in the parish of Syresham, but chiefly in the parish of Wapenham, union of Brackley; hundred of King's Sutton. [1] [2]

While this is the prevailing origin of the name, another credible source notes that the name could have a patronymic name "derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Asketel,' one of the many corruptions of this early and popular name. " [3]

Indeed the earliest listings of the family were as both a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Astill filius Wilfriche, Oxfordshire; Astell Propositus, Oxfordshire; William Astil, Oxfordshire; Peter Askyl, Cambridgeshire; Alan Askil, Cambridgeshire; Stephen Astel, Cambridgeshire; and Simon Astil, Buckinghamshire. [3]

The History of Norfolk listed Hugh Astel, as rector of Aylmerton, Norfolk, 1371; and Nicholas Astell, as vicar of Stradset, Norfolk, 1450. [4]

We would be remiss if we did not mention the Cornish branch of the family. St, Austell was their home, a parish, which is situated in the east division of the hundred of Powder.

"There are few parishes in Cornwall, on the origin of whose name more doubts have been entertained. From this place was denominated an old family of gentlemen, De Austell, of which family William de Austell was sheriff of Cornwall in the reign of Edward III. which was prior to the middle of the fourteenth century. His grandson John de Austell was also sheriff of the county in the twenty-fifth of Henry VI. ; and in the two following years he enjoyed the same honours for Somerset and Dorset." [5]

Important Dates for the Astle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astle research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1349, 1379, 1532, 1675, 1668, 1731, 1697, 1722, 1735, 1800, 1807, 1841 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Astle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Astle Spelling Variations

Astle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Astell, Astel, Astill, Astil, Asstel, Asstil, Asthul, Asthule and many more.

Early Notables of the Astle family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Astell, who was elected to the court of directors of the East India Company in 1800 and served on it for an unprecedented period of 47 years. As well, in 1807...
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Astle migration to Canada

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Astles to arrive on North American shores:

Astle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Astle, who landed in Quebec in 1784
Astle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • In Canada John Astle was recorded in Ontario in 1830

Astle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Astle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Astle, aged 31, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Sarah Astle, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Thomas Astle, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mary Astle, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Harriet Astle, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Astle (post 1700)

  • William Pierce “Buck” Astle (1902-1983), American football player and coach
  • John Astle (b. 1943), American politician, Member of the Maryland Senate from the 30th district (1995)
  • W. P. Astle, American politician, Mayor of Newton, Kansas, 1955 [6]
  • John C. Astle, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State Senate 30th District; Elected 1998 [6]
  • Thomas Astle FRS FRSE FSA (1735-1803), English antiquary and palaeographer, born on 22 Dec. 1736 at Yoxall on the borders of Needwood Forest in Staffordshire, and was the son of Daniel Astle, keeper of the forest, a descendant of an old family of the county [7]
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Astle (1942-2002), nicknamed "the King, " an English footballer who played from 1959 to 1977, member of the England National Team
  • Lisa Marie Astle (b. 1973), former New Zealand international cricketer
  • John-Charles "JC" Astle (b. 1990), South African rugby union player
  • Alec Morrison Astle (b. 1949), former New Zealand cricketer
  • David Astle (b. 1961), Australian writer of non-fiction, fiction and plays and television cohost
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
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