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Anstey Family History

Anstey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the dozen places in England called Anstey or Ansty, from Old English anstiga, a compound of an ‘one’ + stig ‘path’, denoting a short stretch of road forking at both ends. The surname is found principally in Somerset and the West Country.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ansley, Astley, Anstead, Antley, Wansley, Apsey, Tansley, Hansley

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Where is the Anstey family from?

You can see how Anstey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anstey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Anstey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 17 Anstey families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Anstey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Anstey families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Anstey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Anstey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Anstey. 20% of Anstey men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Anstey women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anstey were Farmer and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    24%
  • Typist
    24%
  • Cashier
    24%
  • Maid
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Anstey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Anstey. For the veterans among your Anstey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Anstey lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Anstey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Anstey in 1952 was 45, and 82 in 2004.

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