The ancestors of the bearers of the Cattesbay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Catesby,
in Northants, now Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Cattesbay family
The surname Cattesbay 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 Cattesbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cattesbay 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 Cattesbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cattesbay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cattesbay include Catesby, Catesbury, Cates and others.
Early Notables of the Cattesbay 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 Cattesbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cattesbay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cattesbay or a variant listed above: John Catesby who settled in Virginia in 1623; Jane Catesby settled there in 1635; followed by Robert in 1654.