The Stanifith name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Stanford that was found in at least ten parishes in England.
Early Origins of the Stanifith family
The surname Stanifith 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" 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Stanifith family
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Stanifith Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Stanifith has undergone many spelling variations
, including Stamford, Stanford, Staniford, Staniforth, Stainforth, Stannford, Stanforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Stanifith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stanifith family to Ireland
Some of the Stanifith 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.
Migration of the Stanifith family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Stanifith were among those contributors: John Stamford who settled in Virginia in 1624; Francis Stanford, his wife Grace, and six children arrived in Philadelphia in 1683; Robert Stanford and his wife Mary and son Robert arrived in Barbados in 1678.