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Where did the Irish Stackpole family come from? 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.


Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Stackpole revealed many spelling variations including 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.


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.


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


The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Stackpole:

Stackpole Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Stackpole, who landed in New Hampshire in 1680

Stackpole Settlers in 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


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



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