This surname was found in various counties and was derived from the Old English "anstiga" which meant "narrow or lonely track" There are multiple listings in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
(Anstige), East and West Anstey, Devon
(Anestinga) Ansty, Warwickshire
(Anestie), Ansty Cross, Higher Ansty, Dorset
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Anstass family
The surname Anstass was first found in Wiltshire
in eastern England
, where the family name had been settled from very ancient times.
Early History of the Anstass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anstass research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1724, 1805, 1669, 1744, 1718 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Anstass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Anstass Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Anstass has undergone many spelling variations
, including Anstey, Anstie, Ansty, Anstay, Anstee and others.
Early Notables of the Anstass family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), English writer and poet; John Anstis (1669-1744), English officer of arms and antiquarian who became Garter... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anstass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Anstass family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Anstass were among those contributors: John Anstey who landed in Philadelphia in 1701; and then proceeded westward. In Newfoundland, Canada, Nicholas landed in Newfoundland in 1706; Charles in Twillingate in 1768.