The Buckinghamshire Ansteys

The Buckinghamshire Ansteys began with a marriage between Richard Anstey and Joan Jesophe in Swanbourne on 15 February 1583, hence the Swanbourne Ansteys are the principal and root Anstey sub-branch of Buckinghamshire. The Swanbourne Ansteys have spawned many more modern Anstey sub-branches, not only in Buckinghamshire but also in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex. Thus far we have started uploading information on the Swanbourne Ansteys as well as their sub-branches:

Even though it is certain that Richard Anstey (and hence the Buckinghamshire Anstey sub-branch) fits somewhere into the Anstey pedigree outlined in the schematic below, we cannot currently connect him to his parent sub-branch. As such, we do not currently know if the Buckinghamshire Ansteys form part of the Cambridgeshire Anstey descendent sub-branches or the non-Cambridgeshire Anstey descendent sub-branches, though we are leaning towards them being likely descendent from the medieval Edmonton Ansteys.

It is interesting to note that most Buckinghamshire Anstey descendants alive today spell their name ‘Anstee’, however the original spelling of the surname of this sub-branch per the Swanbourne parish registers was ‘Anstey’, right from the 1583 marriage of Richard per above through to 1641 (which was the last appearance of ‘Anstey’ as a spelling in Swanbourne). The spelling ‘Anstee’ did not appear until 1665 in Swanbourne, after which it became the permanent spelling.

As we have stated many times, ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ are the same family!

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Buckinghamshire Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Buckinghamshire’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

We are actively on the lookout for Buckinghamshire Ansteys alive today who are willing to add their Anstey research to this project. Anybody so interested, please contact us at

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