Show ContentsStandeven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Standeven reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Standeven family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Standeven family lived at Standish (St.Wilfrid), a parish, in the unions of Wigan and Chorley, hundred of Leyland. "According to Whitaker, the historian of Manchester, Standish, anciently Stanedich, was one of the twelve considerable towns in the south of Lancashire in which the Saxons erected fortified castles for the residence of their chiefs, and the protection of the country. Of the castle of Standish, however, there are no remains, nor can its site even be ascertained. Jordan de Standish is named in connexion with the manor in the 16th of Edward I.; but whether his progenitors gave their name to the parish, or received it from the castle, is by no means evident: it is believed that the family have been settled here from the Conquest, or from a very short period after that event. Standish Hall is a large brick mansion of irregular form, long the seat of the Standish family." [1]

The place name literally means "stony pasture or enclosure," from the Old English "stan" + "edisc." [2]

Early Origins of the Standeven family

The surname Standeven was first found in Lancashire. However, some believe the family originated in Gloucestershire where they are conjecturally they are descended from Earl Hugh of Standish, who was undertenant of the Archbishop of York. "The Lancashire Standish seems to have been the more fruitful source of the surname. The famous Miles Standish carried it to America - he was a gentlemen born, could trace his pedigree plainly back to Hugh Standish of Duxbury Hall, in Lancashire, England who was the son of Ralph, and the grandson of Thurston de Standish." [3]

"The earliest recorded ancestor seems to be Thurstan de Standish, whose name appears in deeds dated 6. Henry II (1139.) This distinguished family continued to flourish on the lands from which they derived their name until the year 1807, when the last male heir died, and the estate passed to his sister's son, a Strickland, who assumed the Standish name." [4]

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time. Ralph de Standis was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Lancashire in 1206 and 'Herriesservant Standich de Clyfford was listed in Wales in 1377. [5] Baine's Lancashire lists William de Standisch, 1311; and Hugh de Standisch, 1311. [6]

Early History of the Standeven family

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Standeven 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 Standish, Standishe, Standich, Standidge and others.

Early Notables of the Standeven family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Myles Standish (Miles Standish) (c. 1584-1656), an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony. Captain Josiah Standish, (c. 1633-1690), son of Captain Myles Standish, participated in King Philip's War and tracked the Wampanoag chief, Metacomet to Mt. Hope, Rhode Island where he was killed. Henry Standish (died 1535), was an English divine, Bishop of St. Asaph, son of Alexander Standish of Standish in that county, who died in 1445, but the dates render the relationship improbable. [7] John Standish...
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United States Standeven migration to the United States +

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 Standeven name or one of its variants:

Standeven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Standeven, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1892
Standeven Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fanny Standeven, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Herbert Standeven, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Herbert Standeven, aged 38, who landed in America from Halifax, in 1904
  • Samuel Standeven, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1905

Australia Standeven migration to Australia +

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

Standeven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Standeven, English convict who was convicted in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 28th January 1864, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [8]

New Zealand Standeven 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:

Standeven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Standeven, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Standeven (post 1700) +

  • Guy Standeven (1925-1998), American actor who appeared in over 49 features
  • Richard Standeven, American BAFTA winning director, best known for Brookside(1982), Falling for a Dancer (1998) and Al's Lads (2002)

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  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th February 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook