Show ContentsAnstoyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anstoyer family derived their name from Anstruther, a small town and fishing village in Fife which is today home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Early Origins of the Anstoyer family

The surname Anstoyer was first found in Fife, where the Clan derives its name from the ancient barony of Anstruther. The lands of Anstruther were granted to William of Candela, who had previously been granted lands in Dorset in the south of England after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. He was descended from Raoul de Malherbe, a Danish noble, a Viking, a close companion of Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy. Their descendants held lands in Devon, Dorset, and Kent after the Conquest.

Early History of the Anstoyer family

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Anstoyer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Anstruther, Anstrothir, Anstoyer, Enstrother, Andstroyer, Anstroder, Ansteruthyr, Ansthother, Ansthrother, Anstrude and many more.

Early Notables of the Anstoyer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Anstoyer family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Anstruther who settled in Georgia in 1753.

The Anstoyer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Periissem ni per-iissem
Motto Translation: I would have perished, if I had not persevered. on Facebook