Stanford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Stanford family name comes from having lived in one of the many villages called Stanford, found in at least ten parishes in England. As such, the surname Stanford is classed as a habitation name, derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Stanford family

The surname Stanford was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stamford, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Stanford family

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Stanford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stanford, Standerford and others.

Early Notables of the Stanford family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Stanford, Staunford or Stamford (1509-1558), English judge, born at Hadley, Middlesex, on 22 Aug. 1509, son of William Stanford, mercer, of London. His grandfather was Robert Stanford of...
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Stanford Ranking

In the United States, the name Stanford is the 1,229th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Stanford family to Ireland

Some of the Stanford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Stanford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stanford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Stanford, who arrived in Virginia in 1633 [2]
  • Ann Stanford, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Stanford, who arrived in Maryland in 1648 [2]
  • Nell Stanford, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Vincent Stanford, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stanford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lidia Stanford, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
Stanford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Stanford, aged 34, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [2]
  • S Stanford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Charles Stanford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Dewitt Stanford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • William Stanford, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894 [2]

Canada Stanford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stanford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Stanford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Stanford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William Stanford U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1793 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [3]
Stanford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stanford, who settled in Adam's Cove, Newfoundland in 1800 [4]

Australia Stanford migration to Australia +

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

Stanford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stanford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Thomas Stanford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Stephen Stanford, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Elizabeth Stanford, aged 34, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Ellen Stanford, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
Stanford Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • "Mrs. Dinah Stanford, (b. 1802), aged 26, English house maid who was convicted in Sussex, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" [6]

New Zealand Stanford 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:

Stanford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stanford, British settler travelling from London via Plymouth aboard the ship "Tasmania" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on to Lyttelton on 26th February 1853 [7]
  • Louisa Stanford, aged 21, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Thomas Stanford, aged 24, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Jessie E. Stanford, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Mr. Thomas B. Stanford, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Stanford migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Stanford Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jo Stanford, aged 24, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. John Stanford, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [10]
  • Robert Stanford and his wife Mary and son Robert arrived in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Stanford (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Gerald Stanford (1924-2017), German-born, American film editor who won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the film West Side Story (1961)
  • Phil Stanford, American journalist and author
  • Craig Stanford (b. 1956), American Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California
  • Angela Gwen Stanford (b. 1977), American LPGA professional golfer
  • Aaron Stanford (b. 1976), American film actor, best known for his roles as Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Sir Allen Stanford (b. 1950), American billionaire convicted of masterminding a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, sentenced 110 years in federal prison
  • Leland Stanford (1824-1893), American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist, founder of Stanford University, California
  • Frank Stanford (1948-1978), American poet
  • Charles Stanford (1823-1886), English divine, born at Green Lane, Northampton, son of Joseph Stanford, shoemaker (d. 1862)
  • Alan Stanford (b. 1949), English born actor, director and writer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Dennis Stanford, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942 [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Stanford +

  • Goin' Home by Timeri Murari.
  • Moses Stanford, Minuteman by Lois Remington Smith.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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