The Anstey Story

We make a bold statement – the story of the ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ family, from the origin of our surname in 1143 right up to modern times, is now effectively known. The aim of the ‘Anstey Story’ project is to make this information available to anybody so interested, and expand upon it over time.

G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom) are the overseers and chief researchers of this project. We have between us conducted many thousands of hours of ‘Anstey’ surname research, and we have co-authored numerous books on the Ansteys, the most recent of which to be published was the third edition of ‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry, which is currently available for sale at Amazon USAAmazon UKAmazon SingaporeAmazon Australia, and Amazon Canada.

Gary is also the coordinator of the ‘Anstey’ surname One Name Study at the Guild of One-Name Studies, a charity which is “the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name studies“.

Navigating this Website Project

As the ‘Anstey Story’ project expands, it is going to become ever more challenging to absorb all the information on it, or navigate to the parts of interest. The set of menus at the top of each page provide a broad overview to the various areas of Anstey research that we are uploading.

The easiest way to search the entire website for a particular topic is by using the search box at the bottom of each page, simply typing in the subject of interest. For example type ‘Stoke Gifford’ if you are interested in discovering all of the Stoke Gifford Anstey sub-branch research that we have currently uploaded, or for example “William John Anstee” if you are searching for a specific person.

If you are just beginning to research your ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ ancestors and want to see precisely where they fit in the Anstey pedigree, check out the 1911 Census listing which will soon contain the name, birth year, address and sub-branch of every ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ alive in the UK in 1911.

More information is being added all the time – head to Project Updates for the latest day to day additions to the website, or ‘Project Updates by Subject‘, which filters the latest uploads by subject.

How Can You Help?

We are always happy to add reliable Anstey surname and/or sub-branch research to the ‘Anstey Story’ project. For those interested in getting involved, see How Can You Help? for various ‘hot topic’ appeals and ideas for collaboration. Also see Project Updates for research threads and findings currently ongoing in this project, as well as the numerous other ‘Appeals for Help‘ that we have posted since this project began.

We are particularly interested in anybody who has performed detailed research regarding Ansteys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc.

Please contact us at if you are interested in sharing your Anstey findings or helping us with our research.