Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the name Stains date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Staines in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey
. The latter appears in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
as "Stanes" derived from the Old English word "stan" and meant "place at the stones". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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 Stains family
The surname Stains was first found in Yorkshire
where they may have given their name to a number of places in Yorkshire
including several Staintons, Stainland, Stainforth or Stainburn. 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.
Early History of the Stains family
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Stains Spelling Variations
Stains has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Stains have been found, including Stain, Staine, Staines, Stane, Stanes, Stayn and others.
Early Notables of the Stains family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stains family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stainss to arrive on North American shores: Ruth Staines who settled in Barbados in 1691; William and Mary Staines settled in Maryland in 1775; Charles Staines settled in North Carolina in 1674.
Contemporary Notables of the name Stains (post 1700)
- Robert Stains, English merchant and immigrant to New Zealand, co-founder of Kirkcaldie & Stains, a mid-sized department store in Wellington in 1863
- Dan Stains (b. 1964), Australian former rugby league footballer and coach