The Swanbourne Ansteys

The Swanbourne Ansteys are the principal and root Anstey sub-branch of Buckinghamshire, beginning with a marriage between Richard Anstey and Joan Jesophe in Swanbourne on 15 February 1583. Richard and Joan had at least seven children in Swanbourne in the 1580s and 1590s, the most important for our purposes being Thomas (b 1584) and Benjamin (b 1594), who became the patriarchs of the two major Swanbourne Anstey sub-branches.

It is interesting to note that most Swanbourne 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 for this sub-branch.

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

There are numerous sub-branches of Ansteys in existence today which descend from the Swanbourne Ansteys. Thus far we have started uploading information on:

However to be clear, certain Anstey families remained in Swanbourne for generations, and there was still a thriving Anstey community in Swanbourne in the mid-1800s (and likely longer), nearly three centuries after they first arrived, making the Swanbourne Ansteys one of the longest resident Anstey sub-branches in a single parish.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Swanbourne 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 ‘Swanbourne’ 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 Swanbourne 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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