Staats History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Staats was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Staats was derived from the popular medieval Germanic personal name Stecho. The name Staats is also of local origin that is derived from the Old Germanic word "steck," which referred to a parcel of land. The steck was a tract of pasture land.

Early Origins of the Staats family

The surname Staats was first found in Westphalia and the lower Rhine region, where the name Steck came from aristocratic beginnings and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, holding the title of counts in Dortmund, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Staats family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staats research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1702 and 1776 are included under the topic Early Staats History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Staats Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Staats include Steck, Stech, Stechel, Stecher, Steckler, Steckel, Steckell, Steckle, Steckler, Stecker, Stecklen, Stek and many more.

Early Notables of the Staats family (pre 1700)

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United States Staats migration to the United States +

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Staats Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Abraham Staats, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [1]
  • Major Surgeon Staats, who landed in New York in 1642 [1]
  • Geesjen Staats, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1657 [1]
Staats Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Staats, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Isabella Staats, who landed in New York in 1715-1716 [1]
Staats Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Staats, who arrived in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Christian Staats, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Christ Staats, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]

Canada Staats migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Staats Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Silvester Staats U.E. who settled in Home District [Niagara], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butlers Rangers, he died prior to 1808 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Staats (post 1700) +

  • William F. Staats, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wyoming County, 1952; Mayor of Mullens, West Virginia, 1965 [3]
  • W. P. Staats, American Republican politician, Chair of Wyoming County Republican Party, 1969 [3]
  • Nicholas Staats, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1792-93, 1805-06 [3]
  • Rynier A. Staats, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1864-66 [3]
  • John R. Staats, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1869-71 [3]
  • Henry Staats, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860 [3]
  • Harlan Staats (b. 1907), American Republican politician,Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1941-44; Member of West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1945-48 [3]
  • Ethan F. Staats, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [3]
  • Edgar R. Staats (1878-1961), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1919-22; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1956 [3]
  • Charles E. Staats, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1960, 1962; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1964 [3]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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