Show ContentsStait History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stait belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the settlement called Statham in the county of Cheshire. [1] [2] The surname Stait belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Stait family

The surname Stait was first found in Cheshire where Richard de Statham was listed in 1413. A few years later in 1450, John and Henry Statham were found in Nottinghamshire and Lancashire respectively. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had one listing for the family, that of John de Statham, Cambridgeshire. [3]

Early History of the Stait family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stait research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1467, 1471, 1481, 1562 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Stait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stait Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Stait include Statham, Stathem, Stathum and others.

Early Notables of the Stait family

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Statham (fl. 1388), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Totnes in September 1388. Nicholas Statham (fl. 1467) was an English lawyer from Morley, Derbyshire. He was reader of Lincoln's Inn in Lent term 1471. On 30 Oct. 1467 he received a patent for...
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United States Stait migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Stait were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Stait Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fredk J. Stait, aged 3, who immigrated to America, in 1892
  • Infant Stait, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. I. Stait, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Oskar Stait, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1892
Stait Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles H. Stait, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • Emma Stait, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • William J. M. Stait, aged 26, who settled in America from Malvern, England, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Stait (post 1700) +

  • Commodore Carolyn J Stait OBE (b. 1956), retired Royal Navy officer, first woman to command a naval base in Britain (2004 to 2007)
  • Donald George "Don" Stait (1928-2007), Australian rugby league player who played from 1950 to 1956
  • Brent Stait (b. 1959), Canadian actor, best known for his roles as Rev Bem in the science fiction television series Andromeda


  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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