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The name Staff arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Staff family lived in Staffordshire, at Stafford, from where their name is derived.

Staff Early Origins



The surname Staff was first found in Staffordshire where they were descended from Roger de Toeni, founder of the Abbey of Conches, who died in the Civil Wars in Normandy in 1038. His son, Ralph de Toeni, was hereditary Standard Bearer to King William the Conqueror, at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. His brother, Robert de Toeni, built a castle in Stafford and was the first to be surnamed Stafford. The family held eighty manors in thirteen Midland counties as recorded in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086, and from the senior line of this noble family descended the Dukes of Buckingham.The parish of Mugginton, Derbyshire played an important part of the family's heritage. "The manor, in Domesday Book Mogintune, was anciently held under Earl Ferrers, and in the reign of Edward I. was in moieties between the families of Chandos and Stafford. One moiety passed by a female heir to the immediate ancestor of Edward Sacheverell C. Pole, Esq.; and the Staffords' moiety has been successively in the families of Dethick, Rolleston, and Hallowes." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Staff Spelling Variations


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Staff Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Stafford, Staford, Strafford and others.

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Staff Early History


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Staff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staff research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1521, 1523, 1350, 1403, 1377, 1403, 1452, 1432, 1450, 1402, 1460, 1455, 1483, 1500, 1556, 1554, 1612, 1574, 1655, 1593, 1625, 1593, 1684, 1630 and are included under the topic Early Staff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Staff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Staff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (Catherine Synford), (1350-1403), daughter of Sir Payne (de) Roet originally a Flemish herald from County of Hainaut, later knighted; Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford and 6th Baron Audley, (1377-1403), son of Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of...

Another 110 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Staff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Staff In Ireland


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Staff In Ireland



Some of the Staff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Staff name or one of its variants:

Staff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Staff, who landed in America in 1850
  • Emma Staff, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Hermann Staff, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1893
  • Johann Staff, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1893

Staff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Staff arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Staff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Staff (post 1700)



  • Max Staff, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 34th District, 1952
  • Charles Staff, American politician, Candidate for Michigan state highway commissioner, 1933
  • Kathy Staff (1928-2008), English television actress
  • Leopold Staff (1878-1957), Polish poet, nominee the Nobel Prize in Literature

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Staff Historic Events


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Staff Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Frank Staff (1909-1941), Australian Steward from Chelsea, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Staff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Staff 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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