Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Catesbry is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Catesby,
in Northants, now Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Catesbry family
The surname Catesbry 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 Catesbry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catesbry 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 Catesbry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Catesbry Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Catesbry has been spelled many different ways, including Catesby, Catesbury, Cates and others.
Early Notables of the Catesbry 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 Catesbry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Catesbry family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Catesbrys to arrive in North America: John Catesby who settled in Virginia in 1623; Jane Catesby settled there in 1635; followed by Robert in 1654.