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Where did the Irish Stackpole family come from? What is the Irish Stackpole family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stackpole family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stackpole family history?

The surname Stackpole is a habitational name from a place in Pembrokeshire called Stackpole, named for a stack of rocks on the coast at the entrance to Broadhaven.

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A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Stackpole has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Stackpoole, Stackpool, Stackpole, Stacpoole and others.

First found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stackpoole, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stackpole research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Stackpole History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Stackpole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Stackpole:

Stackpole Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Stackpole, who landed in New Hampshire in 1680

Stackpole Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • C Stackpole, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. S. Stackpole landed in San Francisco in 1850
  • John, Patrick, and Paul Stackpole arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1853 and 1856

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  • Michael A. Stackpole (b. 1957), American science fiction and fantasy author
  • Ralph Ward Stackpole (1885-1973), American sculptor, painter, muralist, etcher and art educator
  • Peter Stackpole (1913-1997), American photographer from San Francisco, California, recipient of the George Polk Award in 1954
  • Edouard A. Stackpole (1904-1993), American author from Nantucket, Massachusetts who wrote books about whaling and the history of Nantucket
  • Edouard Stackpole, American curator of the Marine Historical Association, Mystic, Connecticut, eponym of Stackpole Rocks, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
  • Keith William Stackpole (1916-1992), Australian rules footballer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo et pro patria
Motto Translation: For God and for Country.

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  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Stackpole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stackpole Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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