Stack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the Strongbownian's arrived in Ireland there was already a system for creating patronymic names in place. Therefore, the native population regarded many of the Anglo-Norman naming practices that these settlers were accustomed to as rather unusual. Despite their differences, the two different systems eventually merged together rather insidiously. The Strongbownians, when they arrived, displayed a preference for used nickname surnames. Two of the most prevalent forms were oath nicknames and imperative names. Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Stack is derived from a nickname for a large, well-built man. The surname Stack is derived from the Old English word "stack," which in turn comes from the Old Norse word "stakkr," which means "haystack." The Gaelic form of the surname Stack is Stac.

Early Origins of the Stack family

The surname Stack was first found in Gloucestershire, 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. They were recruited from their seat at Bath to join the Earl of Pembroke's invasion of Ireland.

Early History of the Stack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stack research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stack Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Stack, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Stack, Stacke, Stacks and others.

Early Notables of the Stack family (pre 1700)

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United States Stack migration to the United States +

A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Stack:

Stack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cath Stack, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Margaret Stack, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Anne Stack, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
Stack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maurice, Michael, Peter, Patrick, Thomas, and William Stack, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1866
  • Michel Stack, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • William F Stack, who arrived in Mississippi in 1860 [1]
  • William Stack, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871 [1]
  • Patrick Stack, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Stack migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Stack, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1797 [2]
Stack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gareth Stack, who settled in Northern Bay, Newfoundland in 1806 [2]
  • James Stack, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • William Stack, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1819
  • Mary Stack, who settled in Petty Harbour in 1821
  • Thomas and Mary Stack with their six children who arrived in Prescott, Ontario in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Stack migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Stack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Elizabeth Stack, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [3]
  • Miss Mary Stack, (b. 1821), aged 30, Irish country servant who was convicted in County Kerry, Ireland for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Michael Stack, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [5]
  • John Stack, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [6]
  • Jane Stack, aged 26, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand Stack migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Stack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Stack, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Stack, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Mr. John Stack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 1st December 1852 [7]
  • Mr. Stack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "True Briton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1853 [7]
  • Major Stack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Solent" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1857 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stack (post 1700) +

  • Robert Stack (1919-2003), born Charles Langford Modini Stack, an American Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor and producer, probably best remembered for his role in the Untouchables (1959-1963)
  • Timothy Stack, American film and television actor, producer and screenwriter
  • Robert J. Stack, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol; Elected 1922 [8]
  • Michael Joseph Stack (1888-1960), American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 1935-39 [8]
  • Martin B. Stack, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964 [8]
  • Michael J. III Stack, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District, 2001-04 [8]
  • John L. Stack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1918 [8]
  • John K. Stack Jr. (1884-1935), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928; Michigan State Auditor General, 1933-35; Candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1934 [8]
  • John F. Stack, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor; Elected 1948 [8]
  • James Stack, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1956 [8]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Michael Shayen Stack (b. 1961), American Specialist 4th Class from St Louis, Missouri, USA who died in the crash [9]


  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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