Staples History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Staples is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Staples family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Staples family lived in Kent having derived from the Old French word estaple, meaning market-place, and indicates a person who lived near such a place. Another source claims that the name literally meant "dweller by a post or posts," from the Old English word stapol, meaning "post" or "pillar." [1]

Early Origins of the Staples family

The surname Staples was first found in Kent at Staple-next-Wingham, a parish, in the union of Eastry, hundred of Downhamford, lathe of St. Augustine. This place name dates back to 1205 when it was first listed as Staples. [2] The first record of the name was Robert de Stapel who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [3]

The Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire listed Walter de Stapel in 1275, and Osmund atte Staple was listed in Place Names of Surrey in 1279. Richard de Staples and John Stapel were both listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1321. [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robertus Staple, mercer; and Willwelmus Staple. [3]

Staple-Fitzpaine is a parish, in the union of Taunton, hundred of Abdick and Bulstone, W. division of Somerset. The Fitzpaine family added the suffix in the 14th century so it is unlikely that the Staples family originated there. [4] However, this latter place name does date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Staple. [5]

Important Dates for the Staples family

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Staples Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Staples have been found, including Staple, Staples, Stapel, Stapels, Stapell, Stapelle, Stapells and many more.

Early Notables of the Staples family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Staple or Staples (1490?-1560?), Bishop of Meath, born probably about 1490, is said to have been a native of Lincolnshire or Lancashire. In 1530, at King Henry's request, the Pope provided Staples to the bishopric of Meath...
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Migration of the Staples family to Ireland

Some of the Staples family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Staples migration to the United States

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Staples were among those contributors:

Staples Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Staples, with his wife and child, with two maids and six men, settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [6]
  • Leonard Staples, aged 22, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Richard Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [6]
  • Elizabeth Staples, who settled in Virginia in 1651
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Staples Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • Margaret Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • Thomas Staples, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [6]
  • Thomas Staples, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712
  • Susannah Staples, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Staples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Staples, who settled in Oswegatchie River NY in 1822
  • Jane Staples, aged 43, who landed in America in 1822 [6]
  • Mary Staples, aged 34, who landed in America in 1822 [6]
  • Luke Staples, who landed in Mississippi in 1846 [6]
  • Mr. Staples, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
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Staples migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Staples Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Francis Staples U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
Staples Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Arnold B Staples, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Staples migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Staples Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Samuel Staples, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [8]
  • Caroline Staples, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [8]
  • Robert Staples, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Symmetry" in 1848 [9]
  • William Staples, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [10]
  • William Staples, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [10]
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Staples migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Staples Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Staples, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Staples, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Fifeshire"
  • Mr. Frederick Staples, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [11]
  • Mrs. Staples, British settler travelling from London with 3 sons and 2 daughters aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [11]
  • Henry Staples, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
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Contemporary Notables of the name Staples (post 1700)

  • Yvonne Staples (1938-2018), American soul singer, member of The Staple Singers, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018
  • Emily Anne Staples Tuttle (1929-2018), née Mayer, an American politician, Member of the Minnesota Senate (1977-1981)
  • Abram Penn Staples (1885-1951), American politician, Attorney General of Virginia (1934-1947), Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia (1947-1951)
  • Waller Redd Staples (1826-1897), American politician, Congressman serving the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War
  • Douglas Todd Staples (b. 1963), American politician, current Republican Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914-2000), American gospel and R&B musician
  • Mavis Staples (b. 1939), American rhythm and blues and gospel singer and civil rights activist
  • Isaac Staples (1816-1898), American lumber baron
  • C. F. Staples, American politician [12]
  • Arthur G. Staples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1904 (alternate), 1912 (alternate), 1916 (alternate), 1924, 1932 (alternate) [12]
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Staples family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Winifred Alberta  Staples (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SYMMETRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Symmetry.gif
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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