Early Origins of the Astray family
The surname Astray was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir) in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia. First mentioned as a county in the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle in 1011, Bedfordshire's boundaries have survived virtually unchanged to this day. It was here. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They held a family seat
at Wood-end and Henbury.
Early History of the Astray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astray research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1097, 1095, 1390, 1531, 1556, 1455, 1487, 1493, 1632 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Astray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Astray Spelling Variations
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 Astray family name include Astry, Astrie, Ashtre, Ashtree, Astree, Astrey, Austry, Austrey, Austrie and many more.
Early Notables of the Astray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Astray family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Astray surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Astry, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1624; an no doubt others, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..