Early Origins of the Austray family
The surname Austray 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 Austray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Austray 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 Austray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Austray 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. Austray has been recorded under many different variations, including Astry, Astrie, Ashtre, Ashtree, Astree, Astrey, Austry, Austrey, Austrie and many more.
Early Notables of the Austray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Austray family to the New World and Oceana
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 Austray or a variant listed above: 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..