Stanis is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stanis family lived at Standish (St Nicolas), a parish in the union of Wheaten hurst, Upper division of the hundred
of Whitstone, in Gloucestershire
Early Origins of the Stanis family
The surname Stanis was first found in Gloucestershire
where they are conjecturally they are descended from Earl Hugh of Standish, who was undertenant
of the Archbishop of York. However, Standish (St.Wilfrid), is a parish, in the unions of Wigan and Chorley, hundred
of Leyland, Lancashire
. It is believed that this place was anciently named Stanedich and was one of the largest towns in the south of Lancashire
in which the Saxons
built fortified castles for the residence of their chiefs. The castle of Standish, or its ruins have long been lost, but one of the first records of the surname was Jordan de Standish who was named in connection with the manor in area during the reign of Edward I
. Standish Hall is a large brick mansion of irregular form, long the seat of the Standish family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Stanis family
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Stanis Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Standish, Standishe, Standich, Standidge and others.
Early Notables of the Stanis family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Alexander Standish; Myles Standish (Miles Standish) (c.
1584-1656), an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony; Colonel Richard Standish (1621-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stanis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stanis family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Stanis or a variant listed above: Dorothy Standich who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sarah Standidge settled in New England
in 1753; James Standish settled in Virginia in 1623; George Standish with his wife Dorothy settled in Virginia in 1643. and Captain Miles Standish sailed on the ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Stanis (post 1700)
- Bern Nadette Stanis (b. 1953), American television actress