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The lineage of the name Stanley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Cumberland in an area that was defined by the Old English word stanley which means astony clearing or stony field. Stanley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Stanley were named due to their close proximity to the stanley.

Stanley Early Origins



The surname Stanley was first found in Cambridgeshire at Stonely (Stoneley,) a hamlet near Kimbolton and home to Stoneley Priory which was established in 1180 and dissolved in 1536.

By the time of the Conquest, there were several listings of the name in the Domesday Book [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
including: Stanlei in Derbyshire and West Yorkshire; Stanlee in Gloucestershire; and Stanlei (now Stoneleigh) in Warwickshire. The place name literally means "stony wood clearing." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

"Descended from a younger branch of the Barons Audeley, of Audeley in Staffordshire, the name of Stanley, from the manor of that name in this county, in the reign of John, was assumed by William de Audleigh." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Another branch of the family was established in very early times in Hornby, Lancashire. "The castle was originally founded soon after the Norman Conquest, and was subsequently the residence of the Stanleys, lords Monteagle, to one of whom the mysterious letter was sent which led to the discovery of the Gunpowder plot." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Later "the Stanleys of Alderley, and the Stanleys of Hooton, [became] the sole owners of the township [of Great Meolse, Cheshire.]" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Stanley Spelling Variations


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Stanley Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Stanley has undergone many spelling variations, including Stanley, Standley, Stanleigh, Stoneley and others.

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Stanley Early History


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Stanley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stanley research. Another 344 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1442, 1566, 1350, 1414, 1435, 1504, 1485, 1460, 1503, 1506, 1597, 1672, 1660, 1531, 1593, 1586, 1599, 1664, 1625, 1678, 1628, 1672, 1655, 1702, 1670, 1714, 1695, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Stanley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stanley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stanley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir John Stanley K.G. (c.1350-1414), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and titular King of Mann; Sir Thomas Stanley (c.1435-1504), created 1st Earl of Derby in 1485; George Stanley, 9th Baron Strange, of Knockyn, KG, KB (1460-1503), an English nobleman and heir apparent of Thomas...

Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stanley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stanley In Ireland


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Stanley In Ireland



Some of the Stanley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Stanley were among those contributors:

Stanley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Stanley settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Roger Stanley, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Morris Stanley, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • John Stanley, who landed in Hartford, Conn in 1634-1635
  • Thomas Stanley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stanley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph and his wife Elizabeth Stanley settled in Georgia in 1732
  • Joseph Stanley, who landed in Georgia in 1738
  • Sarah Stanley, who landed in Maryland in 1740
  • David Stanley, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • James Stanley, who landed in America in 1764

Stanley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Peter Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Edward F Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1835
  • Stephen J Stanley, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • G I Stanley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Stanley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Thomas Stanley U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Stanley settled in Long Pond, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in 1840 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • M Stanley, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Stanley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Stanley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Henry Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Paul Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Jacob Stanley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • Martha Stanley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stanley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Stanley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • Henrietta Stanley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • Emma Stanley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • David Stanley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • William Stanley, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stanley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stanley (post 1700)



  • Ralph Edmund Stanley (1927-2016), nicknamed Dr. Ralph Stanley, an American bluegrass artist, co-founder of the Stanley Brothers
  • Ted Stanley (1932-2016), American philanthropist and businessman, founder of the Danbury Mint which has marketed high quality medals and ingots in 1969
  • William "Bill" T. Stanley (1957-2015), American mammalogist, Director of the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) Collections Center
  • Thomas J. Stanley (1944-2015), American writer and business theorist, best known as the author of the New York Times’ best sellers The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind
  • Richard Peter Stanley (b. 1944), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition in 2001
  • Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (1841-1904), Welsh-born, American journalist and explorer who searched for Dr. Livingstone and allegedly uttered the famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
  • David S. Stanley (1828-1902), Union general in the American Civil War and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Francis Edgar Stanley (1849-1918), American co-founder of The Stanley Motor Carriage Company with his twin brother Freelan O. Stanley (1849-1940) in 1902, best known for their Stanley Steamer vehicles and as founders of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado which provided inspiration for Stephen King's The Shinning
  • Albert E. Stanley (b. 1833), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Leicester, 1872-74, 1882; Member of Vermont State Senate from Addison County, 1886
  • Albert Stanley, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1912; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1926
  • ... (Another 80 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Stanley Historic Events


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Stanley Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leonard Stanley (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Erdington, Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Acourt Stanley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. H. Stanley, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. J. Stanley, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. David H. Stanley, English First Waiter from Egremont, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Henry William Stanley, American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Amy Zillah Elsie Stanley, aged 24, English Third Class passenger from Wallingford, Oxfordshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C
  • Mr. Edward Rowland Stanley (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from Swanage England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Stanley


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Suggested Readings for the name Stanley



  • Sands Stanley of the Pee Dee Valley by Haywood A. Stanley.
  • Stanley Families of America by Harold S. Langland.
  • Whither Though Goest: a Story of the Stanley Family in Virginia, North Carolina, Kansas and Oklahoma by Elnora Stanley Flahery.

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Motto



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 changer
Motto Translation: Without changing.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  11. ...

The Stanley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stanley 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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