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Astley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient roots of the Astley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Astley comes 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 Astley family


The surname Astley 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." [1]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 Astley family


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Astley 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 Astley has appeared include Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.

Early Notables of the Astley 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 Astley 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 Astley arrived in North America very early:

Astley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Astley, who arrived in New England in 1627 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Astley, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Astley who settled in New England in 1684

Astley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Astley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1781

Astley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T J Astley, who landed in Texas in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Christopher Astley, who settled in Newcastle, Del. in 1852

Astley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Astley, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

Astley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Astley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Charles Astley, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Astley (post 1700)


  • Rick Astley (b. 1966), English pop singer
  • Sir Frances Astley (1859-1939), English nobleman, head of Atlantic College, 4th Baronet Astley
  • Sir John Dugdale Astley (1828-1894), 3rd Baronet of Everley, MP for Lincolnshire North 1874-1880
  • Sir John Astley (1687-1772), 2nd Baronet of Pateshull, Member of Parliament (MP) for Shrewsbury 1727-1734 and Shropshire 1734-1772
  • Jacob Astley (1654-1688), 3rd Baron Astley of Reading, an English peer
  • Philip Astley (1742-1814), English theatrical manager
  • Arthur Astley (d. 1916), British Olympic athlete
  • Edwin (Ted) Astley (1922-1998), British composer, best remembered for his theme music for the television show The Saint
  • Gordon Astley, British radio presenter
  • David John "Dai" Astley (1909-1989), Welsh international footballer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Astley 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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Citations


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

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