Standen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Standen comes from when the family resided in the county of Nottinghamshire in an area that was referred to as stanton, which means stony ground. [1]

Standen is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Standen were named due to their close proximity to the stanton.

Early Origins of the Standen family

The surname Standen was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Staunton. The first Lord was Sir Brian Staunton who was Lord of Staunton during the time of Edward the Confessor in 1047. [2] The family of Staunton of Staunton, in the first-named shire, "can be regularly traced from the time of the Conqueror, and there is no doubt of their having been settled in Nottinghamshire. in the time of Edward the Confessor." [2] "An ancient house, traced to the Conquest" [3]

Great East Standen Manor is a manor house on the Isle of Wight that dates to the Norman Conquest; and was once the residence of Princess Cicely (1469-1507). Nearby is Standen House, an English country house but this edifice is more recent and dates back to the 18th century.

Gloucestershire is home to another village named Staunton and this village is almost as old as the former with the first listing found in 972 as Stanton [1] and then later the Domesday Book, [4] mentions a castle there belonging to Roger de Stanton, the foundations of which were cleared away a few years before. [5]

Stanton in Northumberland was home to another branch of the family which has fallen. "The ancient manor-house, the seat of the last-named family, has been converted into a house for the reception of the poor; and a chapel which stood a little to the north of it, has altogether disappeared." [5]

Hervey de Staunton (died 1327), was an English judge, son of Sir William de Staunton of Staunton, Nottinghamshire. "He seems to have held the living of Soham, Norfolk, as early as 1289: afterwards he held the livings of Thurston and Werbeton, and about 1306, on being ordained priest, received the living of East Derham. In November 1300 there is mention of him as going to the court of Rome. He was a justice itinerant in Cornwall in 1302 and in Durham in 1303." [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Alice de Staunton, Lincolnshire; Nicholas de Staunton, Essex; and William de Staunton, Oxfordshire. [7]

Early History of the Standen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Standen research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1671, 1616, 1677, 1636, 1639, 1705, 1681, 1734, 1785 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Standen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Standen 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 Standen include Stanton, Staunton and others.

Early Notables of the Standen family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Staunton (Stanton) (1600-1671), an English clergyman, chosen by Parliament as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Thomas Stanton (1616?-1677), English-born, settler to America c. 1636, a trader and...
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Ireland Migration of the Standen family to Ireland

Some of the Standen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Standen 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:

Standen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Standen, aged 21, who landed in America from Kent, in 1893
  • Eagan P Standen, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Standen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Standen, aged 64, who landed in America from Blackburn, in 1904
  • Herbert Standen, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Sittingbourne, England, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Rose Standen, aged 25, who settled in America from Shepperton, England, in 1907
  • Doris Annie Standen, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Sittingbourne, England, in 1907
  • Alfred Edward Standen, aged 38, who landed in America from Settingbaum, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Standen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Standen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Standen, aged 47, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920
  • Florence Standen, aged 45, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920

Australia Standen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Standen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Standen, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Edward Standen, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Standen, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Richard Standen, English convict from Maidstone, Kent, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Titus Standen, English convict who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1853 [12]

New Zealand Standen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Standen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Standen, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Miss Emily Standen, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lincoln" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 19th July 1867 [13]
  • Miss Ambrose Standen, (b. 1846), aged 24, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Standen (post 1700) +

  • Bobbie Standen (b. 1963), American professional baseball player
  • Amy Standen, American journalist and author
  • J. C. Standen, American politician, Mayor of Lorain, Ohio, 1928-30 [14]
  • James Alfred "Jim" Standen (b. 1935), English former football goalkeeper
  • Clive Standen (b. 1981), English actor, best known for playing Sir Gawain in the series Camelot

HMS Royal Oak
  • George Henry Standen (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]


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  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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