The present generation of the Astlee family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Astlee family
The surname Astlee was first found in 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 Astlee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astlee research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1654, 1688, 1659, 1641 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Astlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Astlee Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Astlee include Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.
Early Notables of the Astlee 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)... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Astlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Astlee family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Astlee were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Astlee 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.