Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Astoria family lived in Hampshire in the south of England having derived from the area of Stur, in Normandy, where the family lived prior to the 1066 invasion.
Early Origins of the Astoria family
Normandy, when William of Stur sent William his son to England with Duke William of Normandy. William was granted lands in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire for assistance to King William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Astoria family
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Astoria Spelling Variations
spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Astor, Aster, Astur, Astorr, Asterr, Asturr, Estor, Ester, Esturr, Astoria, Estoria, E'Stur, Stur and many more.
Early Notables of the Astoria family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Astoria family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Astoria name or one of its variants: J.J. Astor, aged 59; who arrived (with child) in New York in 1822 and moved westward.
Contemporary Notables of the name Astoria (post 1700)
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