Stoodlege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Stoodlege arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stoodlege family lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.

Early Origins of the Stoodlege family

The surname Stoodlege 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 Stoodlege family

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

Stoodlege Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.

Early Notables of the Stoodlege family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Stoodlege family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Stoodlege name or one of its variants: 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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