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 Anstiss family
The surname Anstiss was first found in Wiltshire
in eastern England
, where the family name had been settled from very ancient times.
Early History of the Anstiss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anstiss 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 Anstiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Anstiss Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Anstiss were recorded, including Anstey, Anstie, Ansty, Anstay, Anstee and others.
Early Notables of the Anstiss 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 Anstiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Anstiss family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Anstiss family emigrate to North America: 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.