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The surname Stackpole is a habitational name from a place in Pembrokeshire called Stackpole, named for a stack of rocks on the coast at the entrance to Broadhaven.


The surname Stackpole was first found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stackpoole, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Stackpole has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Stackpoole, Stackpool, Stackpole, Stacpoole and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stackpole research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Stackpole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Stackpole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Stackpole:

Stackpole Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Stackpole, who landed in New Hampshire in 1680

Stackpole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C Stackpole, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. S. Stackpole landed in San Francisco in 1850
  • John, Patrick, and Paul Stackpole arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1853 and 1856

  • Edouard Stackpole, American curator of the Marine Historical Association, Mystic, Connecticut, eponym of Stackpole Rocks, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
  • Edouard A. Stackpole (1904-1993), American author from Nantucket, Massachusetts who wrote books about whaling and the history of Nantucket
  • Peter Stackpole (1913-1997), American photographer from San Francisco, California, recipient of the George Polk Award in 1954
  • Ralph Ward Stackpole (1885-1973), American sculptor, painter, muralist, etcher and art educator
  • Michael A. Stackpole (b. 1957), American science fiction and fantasy author
  • George R. Stackpole (1881-1971), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1924 (alternate), 1940; Secretary of Vermont Democratic Party, 1937
  • George F. Stackpole, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lewistown, Pennsylvania, 1898-1905
  • Edward James Stackpole (1861-1936), American Republican politician,Postmaster at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1901-13; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920
  • Anthony Stackpole, American Republican politician, Chair of Chippewa County Republican Party, 2007
  • Albert T. Stackpole, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1893
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo et pro patria
Motto Translation: For God and for Country.


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    Other References

    1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Stackpole Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Stackpole 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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