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The present generation of the Standifer family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Stanford that was found in at least ten parishes in England.

Standifer Early Origins



The surname Standifer 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" [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Standifer Spelling Variations


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Standifer Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Standifer include Stamford, Stanford, Staniford, Staniforth, Stainforth, Stannford, Stanforth and many more.

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Standifer Early History


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Standifer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Standifer research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1175 and 1461 are included under the topic Early Standifer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Standifer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Standifer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Standifer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Standifer In Ireland


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Standifer In Ireland



Some of the Standifer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Standifer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Standifer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ruth Standifer, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Walter I. Standifer, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Walter O. Standifer, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Walter Standifer, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Walter S. Standifer, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Standifer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Standifer (post 1700)



  • Robert Standifer (b. 1952), American professional footballer
  • Leon Midas Calmet Standifer Jr. (b. 1925), American soldier, novelist, and professor
  • James Israel Standifer, American politician that represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives
  • Bill "Little Bill" Standifer (1853-1903), American gunman and lawman of the Old West, best remembered for killing gunman John "Pink" Higgins (1903)
  • James Israel Standifer (1782-1837), American politician, Representative from Tennessee, 1823-25, 1829-37 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • J. G. Standifer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1936 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Standifer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Standifer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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