The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Staffard family, who lived in Staffordshire
, at Stafford, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Staffard family
The surname Staffard 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Staffard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staffard 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 Staffard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Staffard Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Stafford, Staford, Strafford and others.
Early Notables of the Staffard family (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 Staffard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Staffard family to Ireland
Some of the Staffard 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.
Migration of the Staffard family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Staffard or a variant listed above: William Stafford, who settled in Virginia in 1622; Thomas Stafford, who settled in Rhode Island in 1630; Christopher Stafford, who settled in Virginia in 1635.