Stokley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Stokley family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Staffordshire. The name was derived from the Old English words stocc, meaning tree trunk, and leah, meaning clearing, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived at or near a wooded clearing.

Early Origins of the Stokley family

The surname Stokley was first found in Staffordshire where they were conjecturally descended from two Norman nobles, brothers in arms, named Rafwin and Alwin, who were under tenants of the Bishop of Chester at Yoxall in that shire.

Important Dates for the Stokley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stokley research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1568, 1473, 1542, 1521, 1496, 1559, 1545, 1529, 1581, 1520, 1578, 1571, 1620, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1475, 1539 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Stokley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stokley 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 Stokley have been found, including Stockley, Stockleigh, Stokeley, Stuckless, Stuckley and many more.

Early Notables of the Stokley family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Stucley (1473-1542) of Affeton, Sheriff of Devon in 1521; and his eldest son, Sir Hugh Stucley (1496-1559), Lord of the manor of Affeton in Devon, and Sheriff of Devon in 1545. His eldest son and heir, Lewes Stucley (1529-1581), eldest son and heir, was Standard Bearer to Queen Elizabeth I. His third son, Thomas Stukley (c. 1520-1578) "The Lusty Stucley", was mercenary who fought in France, Ireland and in...
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Stokley 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 Stokley were among those contributors:

Stokley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Woodman Stokley, who landed in Maryland in 1652 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stokley (post 1700)

  • William Strumberg Stokley (1823-1902), American Republican politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1872-81 [2]
  • Richard Stokley Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 105th District, 1994 [2]
  • Richard Stokley, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1992, 1994 (primary); Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 105th District, 1996 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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