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

Staples is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Staples family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Staples family lived in Devon having derived from the Old French word estaple, meaning market-place, and indicates a person who lived near such a place.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Staples have been found, including Staple, Staples, Stapel, Stapels, Stapell, Stapelle, Stapells and many more.

First found in Devon where they were Lords of the manor of Staples, previously known as Staple Hill, and at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 was held by Nicholas the Bowman.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staples research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1653, 1672, 1673, 1714, 1684, 1730, 1693 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Staples History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Staples family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Staples were among those contributors:

Staples Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Staples, with his wife and child, with two maids and six men, settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Leonard Staples, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Richd Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Elizabeth Staples settled in Virginia in 1651


Staples Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Margt Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Staples, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Thomas Staples settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712
  • Susannah Staples settled in Maryland in 1775

Staples Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Staples settled in Oswegatchie River NY in 1822
  • Jane Staples, aged 43, landed in America in 1822
  • Mary Staples, aged 34, landed in America in 1822
  • Luke Staples, who landed in Mississippi in 1846
  • Mr. Staples, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Isaac Staples (1816-1898), American lumber baron
  • Mavis Staples (b. 1939), American rhythm and blues and gospel singer and civil rights activist
  • Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914-2000), American gospel and R&B musician
  • Douglas Todd Staples (b. 1963), American politician, current Republican Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Waller Redd Staples (1826-1897), American politician, Congressman serving the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War
  • Abram Penn Staples (1885-1951), American politician, Attorney General of Virginia (1934-1947), Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia (1947-1951)
  • Greg Staples (b. 1970), English comic book artist
  • Samuel James "Sam" Staples (1892-1950), English cricketer
  • Peter Staples (b. 1947), Australian politician
  • James "Jim" Edward Staples (b. 1965), Irish former rugby union 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: Sans dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God nothing.

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  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Staples Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Staples 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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