The name Standefer came to England
with the ancestors of the Standefer family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Standefer family lived at Standish (St Nicolas), a parish in the union of Wheaten hurst, Upper division of the hundred
of Whitstone, in Gloucestershire
Early Origins of the Standefer family
The surname Standefer was first found in Gloucestershire
where they are conjecturally they are descended from Earl Hugh of Standish, who was undertenant
of the Archbishop of York. However, Standish (St.Wilfrid), is a parish, in the unions of Wigan and Chorley, hundred
of Leyland, Lancashire
. It is believed that this place was anciently named Stanedich and was one of the largest towns in the south of Lancashire
in which the Saxons
built fortified castles for the residence of their chiefs. The castle of Standish, or its ruins have long been lost, but one of the first records of the surname was Jordan de Standish who was named in connection with the manor in area during the reign of Edward I
. Standish Hall is a large brick mansion of irregular form, long the seat of the Standish family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Standefer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Standefer research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1332, 1392, 1740, 1857, 1790, 1584, 1656, 1621, 1662, 1659, 1660, 1633 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Standefer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Standefer Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Standish, Standishe, Standich, Standidge and others.
Early Notables of the Standefer family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Alexander Standish; Myles Standish (Miles Standish) (c.
1584-1656), an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony; Colonel Richard Standish (1621-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Standefer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Standefer family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Standefer or a variant listed above:
Standefer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Walter L. Standefer, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Esperanza" from Cristobal, Canal Zone CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGQ-6ZF : 6 December 2014), Walter L. Standefer, 17 Jun 1908; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Esperanza, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Ethel Standefer, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "George Washington" from Cherbourg, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXBJ-5M5 : 6 December 2014), Ethel Standefer, 20 Jun 1909; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name George Washington, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).