Ansley Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Ansley Name
Origin of Ansley:
It is an unusual name of English origins which is a habitational surname from a region named the same in Warwickshire. The place name is listed as early as 1086 in the Domesday Book of Warwickshire where it appears as “Hanslei,” and after sometime it was listed in the “Inquisition Miscellaneous” of Warwickshire in 1325. The name had eventually become “Ansteleye.” The next listing of the name is in the Charters and Rolls in the British Museum in 1416 as “Ansteley.” The name evolved from the old English pre 7th Century word “anseh,” a reduced version of the word “ancorseti,” which means a monastery, combined with the word “leah”, which means a clearance. In Allesley, Yorkshire, one Elizabeth Ansley married John Aenitt in October in the year 1769.
More common variations of this surname are: Ainsley, Aynsley, Annsley, Anesley, Anseley, Anssley, Ansly, Ansle, Annesley, Aainsley.
The name Ansley first appeared in the county of Roxburghshire, where they held a family seat from early times. But they also had sections in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Nottingham, where they gave their surname to towns of the similar name.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Henrici Anseley, which dated in September 1580 in Barton-on-Heath, and Yorkshire. It was during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, who was known to be “Good Queen Bess,” dated 1558 – 1603.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Ansley settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in the United States in the 19th century included George Ansley at the age of 26 arrived in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1892. Mrs. Ansely at the age of 34, came in America, in 1892. Mrs. J.H. Ansely at the age of 27, who landed in America in 1893. Annie C. Ansley at the age of 24, moved to America in 1894. H.M. Ansley at the age of 37, who shifted to America in 1895.
Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in the United States in the 20th century included Olga Ansley at the age of 24, shifted to the United States from London in 1903. Aggie Ansley at the age of 19, moved to the United States from Dresden, in 1904. Augustus H Ansley, at the age of 23, who emigrated to the United States from Gloucester, England, in 1906. Edwin Ansley at the age of 43, shifted to the United States, in 1909. Hilda Ansley, at the age of 3, who settled in America from Birmingham, Eng., in 1912.
Individuals with the surname Ansley settled in Canada in three different centuries respectively in the 18th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in Canada in the 18th century included Mr. Amos Ansley, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1757) born in Johnstown, New York, who landed in Canada about 1783 married Christian McMichael in 1780. Mrs. Christian Ansley, U.E, (nee McMichael), United Empire Loyalist, born in New York State, who settled in Canada 1783 Married Amos Ansley in 1780. Mr. Amos Lucas Ansley, U.E., United Empire patriot, who came to Canada about 1783. Adjt. Ozias Ansley, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who shifted in New Brunswick near 1783 part of the new Jersey Volunteers.
Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in Canada in the 19th century included Mrs. Ann Ansley, at the age of 76 who moved to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship “Lotus” leaving from the harbor of Liverpool, England.
Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in Canada in the 20th century included Mary Ansley at the age of 42, who moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1910.
Some of the people with the name Ansley who settled in New Zealand in the 20th century included Mabel Ansley and Comyn Ansley; both arrived in Auckland, New Zealand in the same year in 1880 aboard the ship “British Empire.”
Here is the population distribution of the last name Ansley: United States 4,408; England 312; South Africa 731; Australia 110; Canada 290; Scotland 33; Ireland 27; New Zealand 279; India 5; Zimbabwe 13.
Giselle Ansley was born in March 1992, is a British field hockey player.
Ansley Cargill was born in January 1982, is a tennis player.
John Ansley (1774 – September 1845), gave services as Lord Mayor of London from 1807 to 1808.
Michael Antonio Ansley was born in February 1967, and is a former professional basketball player.
Ansley Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Ansley blazon are the escallop and paly. The three main tinctures (colors) are gukes, or and sable .
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.
The escallopoccurs often in arms, represented as the outside of the shell, sometimes “fluted” of a different colour 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Escallop. It has been part of heraldic tradition almost from the beginning of the art, Henry III of England awarded Gules, 3 escallopes argent to Herbert de CHAMBERLEYNE in the 13th century, and it is present in the heraldry of almost all countries 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P299. It is believed that they were adopted as badges of those going to the Holy Land and can be found in the arms of many a crusading family. Hence Wade’s suggested association of the scallop with those that “complete long journeys to far countries” 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P91.
Play is what is known as a treatment, a regular patterning, usually over the whole background of the shield. The word comes from the pale, the major vertical stripe that appears on some shields, paly is obvious its little cousin, consisting of, typically, 6 or more vertical stripes, alternately coloured 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Paly. The stripes can be any combination of the heraldic tinctures, an early example is that of GURNEY, being simply paly of six, or and argent. Paly can be combined with other effects, such as decorative edges on each stripe, or overlaid with other treatments such as bendy, and these can be very effective and pleasing to the eye 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P121.