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The ancient roots of the Catesbray family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Catesbray comes from when the family lived in Catesby, in Northants, now Northamptonshire.

Catesbray Early Origins



The surname Catesbray was first found in Northampton at Asbhy St. Ledger's, a parish, in the union of Daventry, hundred of Fawsley. "The church [of Asbhy St. Ledger's] is in the later English style; it contains a richly ornamented screen and rood-loft, and in the windows are some remains of ancient painted glass. Sir William Catesby, favourite of Richard III., and owner of the manor, was buried within the altar-rails, under a marble slab with a rich brass in fine preservation; and Robert Catesby, the conspirator, of the time of James I., resided here, where he had property." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Catesbray Spelling Variations


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Catesbray Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Catesbray has appeared include Catesby, Catesbury, Cates and others.

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Catesbray Early History


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Catesbray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catesbray research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1450, 1485, 1484, 1478, 1449, 1453, 1459, 1573, 1605 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Catesbray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Catesbray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Catesbray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include: William Catesby, High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1371; Sir William Catesby (1450-1485), English landowner and Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire in 1484, one of Richard III of England's principal councillors, he also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Speaker of the House...

Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catesbray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Catesbray In Ireland


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Catesbray In Ireland



Some of the Catesbray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Catesbray arrived in North America very early: John Catesby who settled in Virginia in 1623; Jane Catesby settled there in 1635; followed by Robert in 1654.

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