Standish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Standish was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Standish 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 Standish family

The surname Standish 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 Standish family

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Standish Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Standish has been recorded under many different variations, including Standish, Standishe, Standich, Standidge and others.

Early Notables of the Standish 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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Standish Ranking

In the United States, the name Standish is the 10,154th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

United States Standish migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Standishs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Standish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Captain Miles Standish sailed on the "Mayflower" in 1620, who landed in Plymouth Massachusetts in October of that year, with his wife Rose. He later became military captain of the settlement at Plymouth, supervised the defenses, and negotiated with the Indians. He was immortalized by Longfellow and Lowell
  • Rose Standish, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [9]
  • Myles Standish, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [9]
  • James Standish, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Barbara Standish, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623 [9]
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Standish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Standish, who arrived in South Carolina in 1724 [9]
Standish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Standish, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [9]
  • J D Standish, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [9]
  • G H Standish, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]
  • Mrs. Standish, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]
  • A Standish, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]

Australia Standish migration to Australia +

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

Standish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Standish, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 27th May 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Thomas Standish, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [11]
  • George Standish, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [12]
  • Margaret Standish, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [13]

New Zealand Standish 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:

Standish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T Standish, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1842
  • Thomas Standish, aged 34, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
  • Mr. Standish, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Phoebe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th April 1843 [14]

Contemporary Notables of the name Standish (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Hilda Crosby Standish (1902-2005), American pioneer in the birth control movement in the state of Connecticut, inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Timothy G Standish PhD, American research scientist at the Geoscience Research Institute (GRI)
  • K Allen Standish, Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • William Lloyd Standish, American judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Alex Standish (b. 1963), American intelligence analyst and military expert
  • Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840), born Frank Hall, an English landowner and an art and book collector, born at Blackwell in the parish of Darlington, Durham, the only child of Anthony Hall of Flass, Durham
  • Leanna J Standish N.D., Ph.D., Dipl. of Acup., Senior Research Scientist and former Director of the Bastyr University Research Institute
  • Peter Standish Burke ONZM (1927-2017), New Zealand rugby union player, coach and administrator, All Blacks coach (1981-1982)
  • Marguerite Standish Cockett M.D., (1878-1954), American physician, archer, author, artist and World War I ambulance driver
  • David Standish Ball (1926-2017), American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of Albany (1984–1998)

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Suggested Readings for the name Standish +

  • Standish Families Compendium for Mayflower Research by Walter H. McIntosh.

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  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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
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  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th March 2022). Retrieved from
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook