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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.

Staats Early Origins



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.

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Staats Spelling Variations


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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.

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Staats Early History


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Staats Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staats research. Another 137 words (10 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.

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Staats Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Staats Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Staats Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. 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
  • Major Surgeon Staats, who landed in New York in 1642
  • Geesjen Staats, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1657

Staats Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Staats, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Isabella Staats, who landed in New York in 1715-1716

Staats Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Staats, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Christian Staats, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Christ Staats, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Staats (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Staats (post 1700)



  • Barent Philip Staats (b. 1796), American politician and physician, Mayor of Albany, New York
  • Elmer Boyd Staats (1914-2011), American public servant, 5th Comptroller General of the United States (1966-1981)
  • Dewayne Staats (b. 1952), American sports broadcaster, on June 22, 2010, he called his 5000th major league game
  • John R. Staats, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1869-71
  • Henry Staats, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860
  • 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
  • Ethan F. Staats, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • 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
  • 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
  • C. W. Staats, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1928
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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The Staats Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Staats Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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