A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Stahley, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Stahley family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Stahley family
The surname Stahley was first found in Prussia
, where the name Stahl was closely associated in early medieval times with the feudal
society which became prominent throughout Europe. The name later emerged as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Bavaria
. Members of this family became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Stahley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stahley research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1799, 1860, 1773, 1684, 1750, 1660, 1734, 1687, 1694 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Stahley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stahley Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Stahley include Stahl, Stahler, Staal, Stahle, Stahli, Stal, Stall, Stahlin, Stahelin, Stahlberg, Stalberg, Stahlburger and many more.
Early Notables of the Stahley family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Stahley during this time period were Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal (1684-1750), French author; and George Ernst Stahl (1660-1734), a German chemist and physician, who served as... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stahley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stahley family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stahley or a variant listed above:
Stahley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Baltzer Stahley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Stahley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Stahley, aged 56, originally from Leicester, England, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R1-G2Z : 6 December 2014), James Stahley, 08 Feb 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Stahley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Vivian W. Stahley, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPJ-3X7 : 6 December 2014), Vivian W. Stahley, 18 Jul 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Fred E. Stahley, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Makanda" from Truxillo, Honduras CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J674-MP8 : 6 December 2014), Fred E. Stahley, 25 Apr 1919; citing departure port Truxillo, Honduras, arrival port New York, ship name Makanda, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Stahley (post 1700)
- Jacob Neil "Skip" Stahley (1908-1992), American college football coach and athletic director
- Edward L. Stahley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Justin Stahley, Welsh musician, former member of The Joy Formidable, a Welsh alternative rock band