from ancient times.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Astles family name include Astell, Astel, Astill, Astil, Asstel, Asstil, Asthul, Asthule and many more.
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... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Astles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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: Sub cruce glorior
Motto Translation: I glorify under the cross.