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.
Early Origins of the Catesbray family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Catesbray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catesbray research.Another 74 words (5 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Catesbray family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Catesby, High Sheriff
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.
Migration of the Catesbray family to the New World and Oceana
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.