Longstaffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Longstaffe come from its first bearer, who was a person who due to their occupation was given the name of Long staff. This nickname 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. 
Early Origins of the Longstaffe family
The surname Longstaffe 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.
Important Dates for the Longstaffe family
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Longstaffe Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Longstaffe has been spelled many different ways, including Langstaff, Langstaffe, Longstaff, Longstaffe and others.
Early Notables of the Longstaffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Longstaffe family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Longstaffes to arrive in North America: Henry Langstaff settled in New Hampshire in 1630; Elizabeth Longstaf settled in Barbados in 1680.
Contemporary Notables of the name Longstaffe (post 1700)
- Victor Charles Hamilton Longstaffe, English husband of Nina Sevening (1885-1958), an English stage actress, singer and light comedienne
- Edgar Longstaffe (1852-1933), English well-known landscape painter of the Victorian era
- Fred J. Longstaffe Ph.D., FRSC, Canadian Provost and Vice-President at The University of Western Ontario, former President of the Geological Association of Canada
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