Show ContentsStaley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Staley comes from when the family resided in one of the various places called Staveley in the counties of Derbyshire, Lancashire, and Westmorland, and in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Staley 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 Staley family

The surname Staley was first found in Derbyshire at Staveley, a town within the borough of Chesterfield which literally means "wood or clearing where staves are got" from the Old English "staef" + "leah." [1] The town was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Stavelie. [2]

Staveley is also a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire and this village also dates back to the Domesday Book where it is listed as Stanlei. These are the oldest references to the place name but there are others scattered throughout England.

Some of the family held a family seat at Stalybridge in Cheshire. "The name of Staly, originally Staveleigh, is derived from an ancient family who, in the reign of Edward III., occupied Stayley Hall, a portion of which mansion still remains; the addition arises from a bridge over the Tame, that connects the two counties, and which has been rebuilt." [3]

Early History of the Staley family

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Staley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Staley include Staveley, Stavely, Staley, Stayley, Staveleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Staley family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • William Stayley or Staley (died 1678), was a victim of the 'Popish Plot,' was the son of William Staley, and carried on his father's business as goldsmith and banker in Covent Garden. In September 167...

Staley Ranking

In the United States, the name Staley is the 1,715th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Staley family to Ireland

Some of the Staley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Staley migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Staley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Benj Staley, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • Jacob Staley, who arrived in Maryland in 1743 [5]
  • Ulrick Staley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757 [5]
  • George Staley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [5]
Staley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Staley, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [5]
  • Edmund Staley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [5]
  • Joseph Staley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [5]
  • Dennis Staley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [5]
  • William Staley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1865 [5]

Canada Staley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Staley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Martin Staley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Staley (post 1700) +

  • Joe Staley (b. 1984), American football offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Joan Staley (b. 1940), born Joan Lynette McConchie, an American actress and model
  • Layne Thomas Staley (1967-2002), American musician
  • Luke Staley (b. 1980), former professional American football player
  • Duce Staley (b. 1975), professional American NFL football player
  • Dawn Staley (b. 1970), American Olympic basketball player
  • Daniel Fletcher Staley (1866-1930), American politician, Mayor of Pullman, Washington, 1903-06 [7]
  • Clyde Staley (1899-1971), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1959-60 [7]
  • Charles Staley, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Lee County, 1844 [7]
  • Blanch Staley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [7]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Daniel Staley (1880-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Will Staley (b. 1871), American coal miner who was in mine 6 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [9]

The Staley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelis ad urnam
Motto Translation: Faithful to the tomb.

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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
  8. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from
  9. Monongah Mining Disaster retrieved on 8th August 2021. (Retrieved from on Facebook