Show ContentsStaines History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Staines name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Staines in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey. The latter appears in the Domesday Book 1 as "Stanes" derived from the Old English word "stan" and meant "place at the stones". 2

One of the first records of the name was Sir William Staine who married into the Yarboroughs of Heslington Hall about the year 1100.

Early Origins of the Staines family

The surname Staines was first found in Middlesex at Staines, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Spelthorne. 3 4 5 6

Staines-upon-Thames, commonly referred to simply as Staines, is a town on the River Thames in the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey (in the historic county of Middlesex.)

Early records also revealed Richard of Staines (or Richard de Stanes) (d. 1277), a English clerical judge who acted as an Itinerant Justice, then was appointed justice of the Court of King's Bench in 1209 and finally Lord Chief Justice in 1269.

Later Yorkshire was a place of note to the family. They may have given their name to a number of places in Yorkshire including several Staintons, Stainland, Stainforth or Stainburn.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Richard de Stanes in Kent 4 and later William de Staines, Kent, Henry III- Edward I (during the reign from Henry III-Edward I) 7

Over in Norfolk, William de Stanes, was rector of Welborne, Norfolk in 1328. 8

Early History of the Staines family

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Staines Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Staines include Stain, Staine, Staines, Stane, Stanes, Stayn and others.

Early Notables of the Staines family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Thomas Staines of Thanet; and Peter Stent (c. 1613-1665), from the early 1640s until his death, he was one of the largest printsellers in London. He died in the Great Plague of London and his busi...
  • Sir Thomas Staines (1776-1830), Captain in the Navy, was born near Margate in 1776, and entered the navy in December 1789 on board the Solebay, in which he served on the West India station till May 17...

United States Staines migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Staines or a variant listed above:

Staines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Staines, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 9
  • Geo Staines, who landed in Virginia in 1662 9
  • Mary Staines, who landed in Virginia in 1663 9
  • Charles Staines, who settled in North Carolina in 1674
Staines Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Staines, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1737 9
  • William and Mary Staines, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Australia Staines migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Staines Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Staines, (b. 1798), aged 21, English labourer who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 10
  • Mr. John Staines, British Convict who was convicted in Northhampton, Northamptonshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 11
  • Mr. Thomas Staines, English convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 12
  • James Staines, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 13
  • Miss Mary Ann Staines, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 14
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Staines migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Staines Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Staines, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 15
  • Mr. Obed Staines, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 15
  • George Staines, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • John Staines, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Annie Staines, aged 32, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Staines migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 16
Staines Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Ruth Staines who settled in Barbados in 1691

Contemporary Notables of the name Staines (post 1700) +

  • William Russell "Bill" Staines (1947-2021), American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New Hampshire
  • Michael "Mike" Laurence Staines (b. 1949), American Olympic rower at the 1972 Summer Olympics and a silver medal winner at the 1976 Summer Olympics 17
  • Angela Staines, American actress, known for Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope (1977) and Queen Kong (1976)
  • Dianne Staines, American actress, known for Dead Sleep (1992)
  • Christopher Staines, American actor, known for Mrs Dalloway (1997), The Prince of Hearts (1997) and Cabaret (1993)
  • Kent Staines, American actor and writer, known for Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (2004), Three to Tango (1999) and Soldier's Girl (2003)
  • Bill Staines (b. 1947), American folk musician and singer-songwriter
  • Hubert Staines (1893-1970), English-born, Canadian educator and politician who represented Athabasca from 1941 to 1944 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
  • Sir Thomas Staines (1776-1830), British Captain in the Royal Navy, Knight Commander of the Bath, and of the Sicilian Order of St. Ferdinand and Merit, and Knight of the Ottoman Order of the Crescent
  • Gary Staines (b. 1963), British long-distance runner at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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