Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Estleigh family
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 Estleigh family
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Estleigh 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 Estleigh were recorded, including Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.
Early Notables of the Estleigh 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)...
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Migration of the Estleigh 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 Estleigh family emigrate to North America: 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 Estleigh 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.
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