The name Catesbury is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Catesby,
in Northants, now Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Catesbury family
The surname Catesbury 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 Catesbury family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catesbury 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 Catesbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Catesbury Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Catesbury were recorded, including Catesby, Catesbury, Cates and others.
Early Notables of the Catesbury 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 Catesbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Catesbury family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Catesbury family emigrate to North America: John Catesby who settled in Virginia in 1623; Jane Catesby settled there in 1635; followed by Robert in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Catesbury (post 1700)