Stains History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 [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 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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stains research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1725, 1613, 1665 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Stains History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stains Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Stains 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:

Stains Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Stains, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [3]

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


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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