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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Stainsbury. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Stainsbury family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Stainsbury is a local type of surname and the Stainsbury family lived at the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, Cornwall.

Early Origins of the Stainsbury family


The surname Stainsbury was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Stainsbury family

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Early History of the Stainsbury family


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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1474, 1448, 1453, 1453, 1474, 1670, 1720, 1706 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Stainsbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stainsbury Spelling Variations

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Stainsbury Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Stanbury, Stanberie, Standborough, Stanborough, Stanbrough, Stanberry, Stanburry, Stansbury, Stainsbury and many more.

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Early Notables of the Stainsbury family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Stainsbury family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Stainsbury family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Stainsbury family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stainsbury Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Stainsbury, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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