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Where did the English Stealey family come from? What is the English Stealey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stealey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stealey family history?The ancient name Stealey is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person who was strong or reliable. The surname Steele is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stealey were recorded, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire, and the family moved north to Scotland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stealey research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1672, 1680, 1729, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Stealey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stealey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Stealey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Stealey arrived in North America very early:
Stealey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Stealey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stealey 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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