Enesley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Enesley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at Ansley in Warwickshire, and Annersley in Northumberland. The surname Enesley was originally derived from the Old English name Ansleah.
Early Origins of the Enesley family
The surname Enesley was first found in Oxfordshire where the family held a family seat at Bletchington. "Ralph, surnamed Brito de Annesley, living in the second year of Henry II, (1156,) is assumed to have been son of Richard of Annesley, in the county of Nottingham, mentioned in the Domesday Survey. The estate continued in the Annesleys till the death of John de Annesley, Esq., in 1437, when it went to an heiress to the Cahworths." 
"Areley Castle [in Upper Areley, Staffordshire], the seat of the late Earl of Mountnorris, who, when Viscount Valentia, published his interesting travels in the east, is now the residence of his nephew, A. L. Annesley, Esq., who succeeded to his English and Irish estates." 
Early History of the Enesley family
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Enesley 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. Enesley has been spelled many different ways, including Annesley, Annesly, Annisley, Annisly, Annersley, Annersly, Anesly and many more.
Early Notables of the Enesley family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Annesley, 1st Baron Mountnorris and 2nd Viscount Valentia (1585-1660), an English statesman; Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey PC (1614-1686), Irish-born, statesman, President of the Council of State and Treasurer of the Navy, Lord Privy Seal (1673 to 1682); and his son, Richard Annesley, 3rd Baron Altham (1655-1701), Dean of Exeter (1681-1701); Arthur Annesley, 4th Baron...
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Migration of the Enesley family to Ireland
Some of the Enesley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Enesley family
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 Enesleys to arrive in North America: William Annesley who settled in Barbados in 1669; Robert Annesley who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806; John Anesley who arrived in North Carolina in 1701.
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The Enesley Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtutis amore
Motto Translation: Through love to virtue.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.