Transferred use of the surname, which originated as a local name from any of the various places so called. Examples occur in Derbyshire, Devon, and the West Midlands. The place name has a variety of different origins.
English and Scottish: habitational name from Ansley in Warwickshire or Annesley in Nottinghamshire (see Ansley). The modern surname is found chiefly in the border regions of Scotland and northern England, having been taken north from England to Scotland in the Middle Ages, probably by a Norman baron.