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The name Standing is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the county of Nottinghamshire in an area that was referred to as stanton, which means stony ground. Standing 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 Standing were named due to their close proximity to the stanton.

Standing Early Origins



The surname Standing 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. 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and then later the Domesday Book, [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
mentions a castle there belonging to Roger de Stanton, the foundations of which were cleared away a few years before. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Standing Spelling Variations


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Standing Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Standing has been spelled many different ways, including Stanton, Staunton and others.

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Standing Early History


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Standing Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Standing research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1671, 1616, 1677, 1636, 1639, 1705, 1681, 1734, 1785 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Standing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Standing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Standing Early Notables (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...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Standing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Standing In Ireland


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Standing In Ireland



Some of the Standing family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 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


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Standings to arrive in North America:

Standing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Standing, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Alex Standing, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1893

Standing Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Geo. Standing, aged 49, who landed in America from London, in 1900
  • Beatrice Standing, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Rochdale, England, in 1907
  • James A. Standing, aged 6, who landed in America from Rochdale, England, in 1907
  • Leah Standing, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Beverly, England, in 1907
  • Mary A. Standing, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Rochdale, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Standing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frank Standing, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Standing (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Standing (post 1700)



  • Wyndham Standing (1880-1963), English film actor who appeared in 131 films between 1915 and 1948
  • Michael John Standing (b. 1981), English former professional footballer
  • Commander Sir Guy Standing KBE RNVR (1873-1937), English actor
  • Percy Standing (1882-1950), English silent film actor who appeared in 42 films
  • Charles Wyndham Standing (1880-1963), English film actor who appeared in 131 films
  • Sir John Ronald Leon Standing (b. 1934), born John Ronald Leon, 4th Baronet, English actor
  • Michael Lionel Standing (b. 1939), British actor
  • Herbert Standing (1846-1923), British stage and screen actor, patriarch of the Standing family of actors

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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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Standing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Standing 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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