The name langstaffe comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who due to their occupation
was given the name of Long staff.
referred to those individuals who worked as a bailiff or an officer of the law who carried a log-staff that acted as a badge of office. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the langstaffe family
The surname langstaffe was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the langstaffe family
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langstaffe Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name langstaffe has undergone many spelling variations
, including Langstaff, Langstaffe, Longstaff, Longstaffe and others.
Early Notables of the langstaffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the langstaffe family to Ireland
Some of the langstaffe family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the langstaffe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 langstaffe were among those contributors: Henry Langstaff settled in New Hampshire
in 1630; Elizabeth Longstaf settled in Barbados in 1680.