The history of the Stafforthe family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Staffordshire
, at Stafford, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Stafforthe family
The surname Stafforthe 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 Stafforthe family
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Stafforthe 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.
Early Notables of the Stafforthe 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 Stafforthe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stafforthe family to Ireland
Some of the Stafforthe 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 Stafforthe family to the New World and Oceana
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 Stafforthe name or one of its variants: 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.