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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.
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 
including: Stanlei in Derbyshire
and West Yorkshire; Stanlee in Gloucestershire; and Stanlei (now Stoneleigh) in Warwickshire
. The place name literally means "stony wood clearing." 
"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." 
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stanley research. Another 445 words (32 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
Another 341 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stanley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Stanley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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
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
- Wm 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
Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Edwd Stanley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Stanley settled in Long Pond, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in 1840
- 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
- Henry Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Paul Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Jacob Stanley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
- Martha Stanley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
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
- 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
- Mr. Henry William Stanley (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- 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 Stanley, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1912; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1926
- 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
- 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.
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 changerMotto Translation:
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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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