The ancestry of the name Estley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. 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 Estley family
The surname Estley 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 Estley family
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Estley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Estley have been found, including Astley, Astlee, Astlie, Astly and others.
Early Notables of the Estley 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 Estley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Estley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Estley, 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 Estley 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.