The name Stedlay was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Stedlay family lived in Dorset
, at Stoodleigh.
Early Origins of the Stedlay family
The surname Stedlay was first found in Dorset
where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were originally held by Edrik of Stodlege, a Norman knight, and were recorded in the Domesday Book
survey of 1086 A.D. They also held lands in Devon
where Robert held Stoodleigh near Oakford from Ralph de Pomeroy, and Arnold held Stoodleigh from Walter de Douai in West Buckland, also in Devon.
Early History of the Stedlay family
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Stedlay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Stedlay has been recorded under many different variations, including Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.
Early Notables of the Stedlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stedlay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Stedlays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Thomas Studley who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; John Stoodley settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Jonathon Stoodley settled in Fogo in 1792.
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