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History of the name
Undoubtedly the most distinguished bearer of the name is JOHN ANSTIS who was Garter King of Arms from 1718 to 1744. He was succeeded by his son JOHN ANSTIS the younger who died without issue.
Other people with the name have been: -
- THOMAS ANSTIS the Pirate who was shot by his fellow pirates in the West Indies in 1723
- NICHOLAS ANSTIS who was chief mate on the Lady Penrhyn which sailed to Botany Bay in the First Fleet in 1788. He returned to Australia as master of the convict transport Surprize in the infamous Second Fleet in 1790.
- RICHARD ANSTICE was a partner in the pottery company of Anstice, Horton and Rose of Coalport.
- WILLIAM ANSTICE his grandson was a prosperous ironmaster in Madeley and when he died the Anstice Memorial Hall was built in his memory.
The three most common variants occur in almost equal numbers in the 1881 Census: -
In each case this represents about 5 persons per million