The ancestors of the name Stamfithay date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Stanford that was found in at least ten parishes in England.
Early Origins of the Stamfithay family
The surname Stamfithay was first found in Staffordshire
but was found in various counties including: Stanford, Kent; Stanford Bishop, Herefordshire; Stanford Dingley, Berkshire; Stanford in the Vale; and Stanford le Hope in Essex
. The name literally means "stone ford" or "stony ford" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and was listed in the Domesday Book
in numerous places too. The Stainforth variant called Darnall in Yorkshire
their ancient family seat
. "The Hall [of Darnall], built by the Staniforths, was the residence of that family for several generations, and afterwards a seat of the late Duke of Norfolk's." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Stamfithay family
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Stamfithay Spelling Variations
Stamfithay 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 Stamfithay have been found, including Stamford, Stanford, Staniford, Staniforth, Stainforth, Stannford, Stanforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Stamfithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stamfithay family to Ireland
Some of the Stamfithay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Stamfithay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stamfithays to arrive on North American shores: John Stamford who settled in Virginia in 1624; Francis Stanford, his wife Grace, and six children arrived in Philadelphia in 1683; Robert Stanford and his wife Mary and son Robert arrived in Barbados in 1678.