Hubert de Anesti is the first holder and originator of the Anstey surname in 1143, but he had ancestors just like everybody else – it’s just they weren’t called ‘Anstey’. Hubert‘s ancestors are also direct ancestors of 80% of ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ alive today. The furthest back we have currently traced Hubert de Anesti‘s ancestral pedigree is to his great x 2 grandfather Hubert de Rie, a very high ranking Norman and a leading supporter and loyal vassal of William the Conqueror.
Our pre-Anstey ancestors have been extensively researched by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘ project, and the current state of the research is covered in Appendix One of their first co-authored book:
‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘
which is now in its third edition, and is available for purchase at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Singapore and Amazon Canada.
This book is now also available as a read-only password protected pdf file version, which can be instantly accessed and read online – see the Anstey Shop for more details.