Stansfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Stansfield was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stansfield family lived in Yorkshire. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English "stan," meaning "stony," and "feld," meaning "field."

Early Origins of the Stansfield family

The surname Stansfield was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Stansfield and held that village which contained two churches and scattered moorland houses which were granted by Duke William,of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Stansfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stansfield research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1508 and 1587 are included under the topic Early Stansfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stansfield Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Stanfield, Standfield, Stansfield, Stansfeld and others.

Early Notables of the Stansfield family (pre 1700)

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Stansfield migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Stansfield or a variant listed above:

Stansfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and Maria Stansfield, who arrived in New York in 1822 with four children
  • Wiulliam Stansfield, aged 27, who arrived in America from Yorkshire, in 1892
Stansfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ethel Stansfield, aged 28, who arrived in America from London, in 1903
  • Oliver Stansfield, aged 11, who arrived in America from Enderfield, in 1904
  • Rowland Stansfield, aged 3, who arrived in America from Egremont, Cheshire, in 1906
  • John Stansfield, aged 71, who arrived in America from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • Arthur Stansfield, aged 26, who arrived in America from Hebden Bridges, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stansfield migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stansfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Stansfield U.E. from Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Crowland [Welland], Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario c. 1784 [1]
Stansfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Wilfred Stansfield, aged 28, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • Edgar Stansfield, aged 44, who arrived in Edmonton, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Stansfield (post 1700)

  • Anita Stansfield (b. 1961), American Latter-day Saint romance novelist
  • R. T. Stansfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908 [2]
  • Bernard E. Stansfield, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1932-34 [2]
  • Bert Stansfield, English former manager of the football clubs Carlisle United and Norwich City
  • James Edward Stansfield (b. 1978), English former professional footballer from Dewsbury
  • Fred Stansfield (b. 1917), Welsh former international footballer from Cardiff
  • Emma Stansfield (b. 1978), born Emma Thompson, Welsh actress from Monmouth, best known for her role as Veronica Clayton on Coronation Street (2005–2006)
  • Claire Stansfield (b. 1964), English actress, director, fashion designer and former model from London
  • Adam Stansfield (1978-2010), English football striker
  • Lisa Stansfield (b. 1966), English singer and songwriter
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Stansfield family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Stansfield, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [3]
RMS Lusitania

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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from
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