name Stafely comes from the family having resided in one of the various places called Staveley in the counties of Derbyshire
, and Westmorland
, and in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Stafely belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Stafely family
The surname Stafely was first found in Derbyshire
at Staveley, a town within the borough of Chesterfield which literally means "wood or clearing where staves are got" from the Old English "staef" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The town was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Stavelie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Staveley is also a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire
and this village also dates back to the Domesday Book
where it is listed as Stanlei. These are the oldest references to the place name but there are others scattered throughout England
. Some of the family held a family seat
at Stalybridge in Cheshire
. "The name of Staly, originally Staveleigh, is derived from an ancient family who, in the reign of Edward III., occupied Stayley Hall, a portion of which mansion still remains; the addition arises from a bridge over the Tame, that connects the two counties, and which has been rebuilt." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Stafely family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stafely research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1498, 1613 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Stafely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stafely Spelling Variations
Stafely has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Staveley, Stavely, Staley, Stayley, Staveleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Stafely family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stafely family to Ireland
Some of the Stafely family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stafely family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stafelys to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Staveley landed in America in 1760; John Stavelie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1834; Edward Stavely settled in New Castle Del. in 1839.
The Stafely Motto
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: Fidelis ad urnam
Motto Translation: Faithful to the tomb.