Astpray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Astpray family
The surname Astpray was first found in Cheshire at Astbury, a parish, chiefly in the union of Congleton, consisting of the townships of Eaton and Somerford-Booths in the hundred of Macclesfield. 
This parish dates back to 1093 (shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066) when it was known as Astbury and literally meant "east manor or stronghold."  However, another source claims the parish meant "east castle or fort." 
Early rolls show that William de Astbury was listed here in Cheshire in the Assize Rolls of 1287. 
Early History of the Astpray family
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Astpray Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Astpray has been recorded under many different variations, including Astbury, Astbry, Astbrey, Asprey, Aspry, Astbray, Astburie and many more.
Early Notables of the Astpray family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Astbury (1688-1743), an English potter credited with innovations and improvements in earthenware associated with Staffordshire figures. He "introduced himself disguised as an idiot to the wworks of two brothers named Elers, of NÃ¼rnberg, who had settled at Bradwell, Staffordshire, about 1690. He discovered the secrets of their manufacture of red ware, and, obtaining his discharge on pretence of sickness, set up a rival establishment at Shelton...
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Migration of the Astpray family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Astpray or a variant listed above: Henry Aspray, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Thomas W. Astbury, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877; and John and Edward Catherton Astbury, who were recorded in Sacramento County, California between 1866 and 1871..
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