Staniforth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Staniforth family

The surname Staniforth was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Staniforth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staniforth research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Staniforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Staniforth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Staniforth, Stanforth, Staniford, Stainforth and others.

Early Notables of the Staniforth family (pre 1700)

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United States Staniforth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Staniforth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Staniforth, who arrived in New England in 1644
Staniforth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Staniforth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Thomas Staniforth, who arrived in Mississippi in 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Staniforth (post 1700) +

  • Gordon Staniforth (b. 1957), English former footballer from Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • David Albry Staniforth (b. 1950), English former professional footballer from Chesterfield, England
  • Rosie Staniforth, English biochemist at the University of Sheffield
  • Scott Nicholas Gelling Staniforth (b. 1977), Australian rugby union footballer
  • Michael Staniforth (1942-1987), British stage actor, best known for his role as ghostly jester Timothy Claypole, in the children's television comedy series Rentaghost
  • Joseph Morewood Staniforth (1863-1921), Welsh editorial cartoonist, known for his work in the Western Mail, Evening Express and the News of the World
  • David Staniforth (b. 1976), South African silver and bronze medalist field hockey goalkeeper
  • Richard Staniforth Ph.D., Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg
  • Mark Staniforth, Senior Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology (Department of Archaeology) at Flinders University in Australia
  • Susan Staniforth, Canadian artist who has exhibited throughout Canada and the in the U.S., and boasts numerous fine art awards

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Anthony Horace Staniforth (d. 1975), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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