The Sussex Ansteys

In the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we document the early origins of a Sussex medieval Anstey sub-branch, descendent from John (I) de Anstey. In Appendix Seven of ‘ANSTEY: The Cambridgeshire Branch of the 1400s and Early 1500s‘ we further advance the Sussex Anstey pedigree, which is of extraordinary complexity, containing around half of all Ansteys alive in c1600. Indeed, so entrenched were the Ansteys in Sussex by the time of our ‘1600 Parish Register Dataset’, they were resident in no fewer than fifty Sussex parishes.

However, by the first UK Census in 1841 all Ansteys in Sussex had disappeared (bar three individuals). Either every single one of the numerous Sussex Anstey families had gone Anstey-extinct, or they had by that time left the county. Thus far, throughout our ‘Anstey’ research, having communicated with hundreds of Ansteys worldwide, we are yet to find a single one who can trace his Anstey line back to Sussex pre-1800. However, surely there must be Ansteys alive today who are direct descendants of one of the numerous Sussex Anstey families and therefore we appeal to anybody who can trace their direct Anstey lineage back to Sussex in say c1750 (or even earlier ideally) to contact us at

There are two principal Sussex Anstey sub-branches, being Sussex (I), directly descendent from the medieval Ansteys, and Sussex (II), a descendent sub-branch of the Cambridgeshire Ansteys. Their respective positions in the Anstey pedigree is illustrated nicely in the below schematic.

Per the above pedigree, we believe that the following sub-branches are descendent from the Sussex (I) Ansteys:

As for the Sussex (II) Ansteys, we are currently researching whether they have any descendent sub-branches or not. Presently, we have not discovered any.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Sussex 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 ‘Sussex’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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