Stanfil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stanfil was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stanfil family lived in Yorkshire. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English "stan," meaning "stony," and "feld," meaning "field."

Early Origins of the Stanfil family

The surname Stanfil was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Stansfield and held that village which contained two churches and scattered moorland houses which were granted by Duke William,of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Stanfil family

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Stanfil Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Stanfield, Standfield, Stansfield, Stansfeld and others.

Early Notables of the Stanfil family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Stanfil family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Stanfil or a variant listed above: Fran Stanfield and his wife and four children who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683.



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