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 this ‘Anstey Story’ website 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, who have between them conducted many thousands of hours of ‘Anstey’ surname research, and 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“.

He is also currently drafting the book ‘ANSTEY: A Complete History from the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ which will be published in 2024.

Anybody interested in being notified once this book is published please contact us at

Navigating this Website Project

As this website 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.

A good place to start looking might be to investigate the listing of all the ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branches that exist worldwide at Principal Anstey Sub-Branches.

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.

We are always happy to add reliable Anstey surname and/or sub-branch research to this project. Please contact us at if you are interested in sharing your Anstey findings.