Stodlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Stodlay is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Stodlay family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Stodlay family lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.

Early Origins of the Stodlay family

The surname Stodlay 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.

Important Dates for the Stodlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stodlay research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Stodlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stodlay Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.

Early Notables of the Stodlay family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stodlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stodlay family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Stodlay or a variant listed above: 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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