The ancestors of the bearers of the Estlay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Warwickshire
, where they founded the town of Astley.
The name is local; a transliteration of the name is east leigh,
or east wood.
Early Origins of the Estlay family
The surname Estlay was first found in Warwickshire
at Astley, a village and parish within the North Warwickshire
district. There are other locals through Britain, but this seems to be local
from which the family are descended. The name can be "traced to Philip de Estlega in the 12th of Henry II, and in the female line from the Constables of Melton-Constable, which estate came into the family be the second marriage of Thomas Lord Astley with Edith, third sister and coheir of Geoffrey de Donstable, in the time of Henry II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Astley Castle, the original seat, descended by an heiress to the Greys of Ruthin.
Early History of the Estlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estlay research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1654, 1688, 1659, 1641 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Estlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Estlay 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 Estlay include Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.
Early Notables of the Estlay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Astley, Lord Astley; Isaac Astley, 2nd Baron
Astley of Reading; Jacob Astley, 3rd Baron
Astley of Reading (c.1654-1688)... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Estlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Estlay 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 Estlay or a variant listed above: Charles Astley who settled in New England
in 1684; Henry Astley settled in Philadelphia in 1781; Christopher Astley settled in Newcastle, Del. in 1852..
The Estlay 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: Justitiae tenax
Motto Translation: Justice preserves.