Early Origins of the Awstrey family
The surname Awstrey 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 Awstrey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awstrey 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 Awstrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awstrey Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Awstrey include Astry, Astrie, Ashtre, Ashtree, Astree, Astrey, Austry, Austrey, Austrie and many more.
Early Notables of the Awstrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Awstrey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Awstrey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..