Origin of Surname
The name is derived from the Norman surname Anslech (Anslech of Briquebec was tutor to Duke Richard of Normandy). This was derived from the Old Norse man`s name Aslak, the Ass or Ans having meant a god 
The name was written in Jersey, in 1309, Aunlek, which was softened to Aunley, which was how it was pronounced. This explains the confusion among 20th century Jersey historians as to whether there were two separate families in the Island, Anley and Aunley.
The name also features in the Extente of 1331, showing that the family held land then in St Peter, with which parish it was primarily associated. After a long insular history, the bearers of this surname, comparatively recently, became extinct in their native Island. There are, however, descendants of the family overseas.
According to Payne's Armorial of Jersey, the family in Jersey in the 19th century originated in Guernsey and later became established in Jersey, marrying into the Nicolle and Lempriere families. Research since then has discredited the theory. There were Anleys in Guernsey but their source is likely to have been Edouard Anley of St John (see Anleys of St John).
- Johan Anley is included in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550
- Jean Anley, who married Jacquetta Langlois (1480- ), daughter of Jean and Maria, was born in St Lawrence about 1486. Guillinitte Anley, born in the same parish about 1494, may have been his sister.
- Jean Anley (1500- ) of St John married Denise Sarre (1508- )
- Nicholas Anley (1515- ) of Grouville married Catherine Mallet (1519- )
- Jacques Anley (1615- ) married Esther Le Mottee (1622- )
- Elizabeth Anley (1644-1673) married Jean Cristin
- Anley, 1461-78
- Anlet, 1274
- Anneley, 1607
- Hanlay, 1515
- Anlec, 1331
- Auslek, 1309
- Aulet, 1308
- Aulett, 1299
- Anlet, 1274
Note: Only Anley and Anlet are found in Jersey church records. There is an Anlay will at Jersey Archive
- Descendants of Jacques Anley
- Descendants of Jean Anley
- Descendants of Perrin Anley: Extended tree, previously Descendants of Richard Anley
- Descendants of Philippe Anley
- Descendants of Philippe Anley - 2
- Descendants of Josue Anley Added 2018
- Anleys of St John Added 2020
- Descendants of Raulin Anley Added 2022
- Anley baptisms in Jersey
- Anley marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Anley marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Anley burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Clarence Walter Anley (1878- ) Mercantile Marine
- Henry Joseph Anley (St J), Private in Dorsetshire Regiment
- Hugh Anley (1895- ), Private in Canadian Infantry, 6 months detention 1919 for being present at mutiny
- John Louis Anley (St H), married Winifred Laurette, Cpl RAMC
- Philip William Anley (St L), ex-RMIJ, Private in Wiltshire Regiment
Philip William Anley (21), of St Lawrence, was convicted of fraud by the Royal Court in 1914 and sentenced to three months prison with hard labour.
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