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Anstey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
including: Leicestershire (Anstige), East and West Anstey, Devon (Anestinga) Ansty, Warwickshire (Anestie), Ansty Cross, Higher Ansty, Dorset (Anesty) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Early Origins of the Anstey family


The surname Anstey was first found in Warwickshire at Anstey. "This place is situated on the road from Coventry to Wolvey heath, and thence to Leicester; it was originally called Heanstige, from the Saxon hean, high, and stige, a path-way. " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Significantly the same source notes that Anstey in Leicestershire was "formerly called Hanstigie or Anstige," some one can easily see exact spelling of places did not apply in ancient times. Later the more commonly used today spelling of Anstey prevailed as "in 1376, certain lands, described as 'lying in the fields of Anstey in Wolfdale,' were granted by John Lenerych, of Leicester." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 continued to show early spellings: Roger de Anesti, Cambridgeshire, 1273; and Richard de Anesty, London. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Anstey family


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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1520, 1657, 1717, 1623, 1724, 1805, 1724, 1805, 1669, 1744, 1718, 1669, 1685, 1688, 1702 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Anstey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Anstey Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Anstey family name include Anstey, Anstie, Ansty, Anstay, Anstee and others.

Early Notables of the Anstey family (pre 1700)


Notables of the family at this time include Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), English writer and poet. John Anstis the Elder (1669-1744), was an English officer of arms and antiquarian who became Garter King of Arms in 1718. Born at St. Neots, Cornwall, 28 (or 29) Sept. 1669, he entered Exeter College, Oxford, in 1685, and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1688. "Of a good family, and possessed...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anstey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Anstey family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Anstey surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Anstey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Anstey who landed in Philadelphia in 1701 then proceeded westward
  • Charles Anstey in Twillingate in 1768

Anstey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Anstey in Vere Island in 1830

Anstey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Anstey, who landed in Newfoundland in 1706 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Anstey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Anstey in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1829 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Charles Anstey was a fisherman in Bluff Head, Newfoundland in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • William Anstey in Leading Tickles, Newfoundland in 1845 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Elizabeth Anstey in Grand Bank, Newfoundland in 1852 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Anstey was a fisherman of Merritts Harbour in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Anstey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mr. James Anstey, (b. 1831), aged 22, Cornish agricultural labourer, from St. Gluvias, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Ellenborough" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th October 1853 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Mrs. Fanny Anstey, (b. 1825), aged 28, Cornish settler, from Penryn, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Ellenborough" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th October 1853 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Caroline Anstey, aged 18, a maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Anstey (post 1700)


  • Thomas Chisholm Anstey (1816-1873), English lawyer and politician, Attorney General of Hong Kong [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  • John Anstey (d. 1819), English poet and barrister of Lincoln's Inn and a commissioner for auditing public accounts, second son of Christopher Anstey [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  • Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), English writer and poet, known for his New Bath Guide, the only son of the Rev. Christopher Anstey, D.D., of Brinkley in Cambridgeshire [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  • F. Anstey (1856-1934), pseudonym for Thomas Anstey Guthrie, an English novelist and journalist
  • Brendel Anstey (1887-1933), English footballer who played for Aston Villa and Leicester City from 1911 to 1919
  • Edgar Anstey OBE (1907-1987), British documentary film-maker
  • Bruce Anstey MNZM (b. 1969), New Zealand professional motorcycle road racer
  • Nigel Anstey, British geophysicist, known for his work in seismic exploration
  • Harry Anstey (1847-1927), Australian prospector and politician; he led the prospecting expedition that discovered gold in the Yilgarn leading to the gold rush that established Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields
  • Francis George "Frank" Anstey (1865-1940), Australian politician who served 38 years as a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, Member of the Australian Parliament for Bourke (1910-1934)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Anstey family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Peter Robert Anstey (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class from Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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