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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)


Anstey Early Origins



The surname Anstey was first found in Wiltshire in eastern England, where the family name had been settled from very ancient times.

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Anstey Spelling Variations


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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.

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Anstey Early History


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Anstey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anstey 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 Anstey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Anstey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Anstey Early Notables (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 Anstey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 landed in Newfoundland in 1706 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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

  • Caroline Anstey, aged 18, a maid, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Anstey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Anstey (post 1700)



  • Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), English writer and poet
  • Harold Anstey, Documentary Film Producer
  • Edgar Anstey, Chief Scientific Officer
  • George Alexander Anstey (1814-1895), South Australian viticulturist and Member of Parliament
  • Nigel Anstey, British geophysicist
  • Harry Anstey (1847-1927), Australian prospector and politician
  • Frank Anstey (1865-1940), Australian politician
  • Chris Anstey, Australian basketball player

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Anstey Historic Events


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Anstey Historic Events




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 during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Anstey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Anstey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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