The ancient Anstruther 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 Anstruther family
The surname Anstruther 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
, and Kent
after the Conquest.
Early History of the Anstruther family
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Anstruther Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Anstruther, Anstrothir, Anstoyer, Enstrother, Andstroyer, Anstroder, Ansteruthyr, Ansthother, Ansthrother, Anstrude and many more.
Early Notables of the Anstruther family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anstruther family to Ireland
Some of the Anstruther family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Anstruther family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Anstruther Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Anstruther who settled in Georgia in 1753
Anstruther Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Major William Anstruther, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was Major of the Roy Gar Battalion Regiment in 1782 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Anstruther (post 1700)
- Sir Windham Anstruther, Carver to the Royal Household
- Sir Ralph Anstruther, Equerry to the Queen of England
The Anstruther 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.