Stakhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stakhouse reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Stakhouse family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stakhouse family lived at Stackhouse in North Yorkshire which literally means "habitation by a steep rock or hill." [1]

Early Origins of the Stakhouse family

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

Early History of the Stakhouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stakhouse research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1784, 1670, 1752, 1733, 1752, 1677, 1752, 1734, 1732, 1739, 1742 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Stakhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stakhouse Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Stakehouse, Stackhouse, Stachouse, Stackhowse and others.

Early Notables of the Stakhouse family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752), English theologian, son of John Stackhouse (d. 1734), ultimately rector of Boldon, co. Durham. John Stackhouse, was an English administrator for...
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Migration of the Stakhouse family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Stakhouse name or one of its variants: Richard Stackhouse, who came to Salem, MA in 1638; Robert Stackhowse, who arrived in Virginia in 1636; John Stackhouse and his wife Margery Stackhouse who were on record in Pennsylvania in 1682.



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print


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