Show ContentsStables History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stables came to England with the ancestors of the Stables family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stables family lived in Somerset. Their name, however, is a reference to Estaples, Normandy. Etaples is a small seaport on the French coast about 10 miles from Boulogne. Alternatively, the name could have been an occupational name for someone who works in a stable, or someone who lives near a stable. [1]

Early Origins of the Stables family

The surname Stables was first found in Somerset where one of the first records of the family was Robert del Estable who was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1270. Walter de la Stable was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275 and later Robert atte Stable was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [2] Staple Fitzpaine dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and at that time was a small hamlet having a Mill and 100 goats. The original name of this hamlet was Estapla. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Alan le Stabler in Cambridgeshire; William le Stabler in Huntingdonshire; and Thomas le Stabeler in Lincolnshire. [1]

Early History of the Stables family

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Stables Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Stables are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Stables include Stable, Stapler, Stables, Stabler, Stabyl, Stabil, Stabils, Stibils, Stibles and many more.

Early Notables of the Stables family

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Migration of the Stables family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Stables, or a variant listed above: Edith Stable, who was on record in Virginia in 1674; as well as John and Mary Stabler of Sunderland, who arrived in New Orleans, LA on March 19, 1852 from Liverpool on the ".

Contemporary Notables of the name Stables (post 1700) +

  • Kelly Stables (b. 1978), American actress who has appeared on stage, film and television, known for her role as Melissa on Two and a Half Men, and Kelly on Superstore
  • J. W. Stables, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 136th District, 2006 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Stables, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1507 to 1508
  • Mr. Robert Stables, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1588 to 1589, he was Mayor in 1601 and 1608
  • Mr. Robert Stables, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1518 to 1519

HMS Royal Oak
  • George Stables (1919-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from
  4. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook