Stanley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The lineage of the name Stanley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Cumberland in an area that was defined by the Old English word stanley which means astony clearing or stony field. Stanley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Stanley were named due to their close proximity to the stanley.

Early Origins of the Stanley family

The surname Stanley was first found in Cambridgeshire at Stonely (Stoneley,) a hamlet near Kimbolton and home to Stoneley Priory which was established in 1180 and dissolved in 1536.

By the time of the Conquest, there were several listings of the name in the Domesday Book [1] including: Stanlei in Derbyshire and West Yorkshire; Stanlee in Gloucestershire; and Stanlei (now Stoneleigh) in Warwickshire. The place name literally means "stony wood clearing." [2]

"Descended from a younger branch of the Barons Audeley, of Audeley in Staffordshire, the name of Stanley, from the manor of that name in this county, in the reign of John, was assumed by William de Audleigh." [3]

Another branch of the family was established in very early times in Hornby, Lancashire. "The castle was originally founded soon after the Norman Conquest, and was subsequently the residence of the Stanleys, lords Monteagle, to one of whom the mysterious letter was sent which led to the discovery of the Gunpowder plot." [4]

Later "the Stanleys of Alderley, and the Stanleys of Hooton, [became] the sole owners of the township [of Great Meolse, Cheshire.]" [4]

Important Dates for the Stanley family

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Stanley 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 Stanley has undergone many spelling variations, including Stanley, Standley, Stanleigh, Stoneley and others.

Early Notables of the Stanley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Stanley K.G. (c.1350-1414), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and titular King of Mann; Sir Thomas Stanley (c.1435-1504), created 1st Earl of Derby in 1485; George Stanley, 9th Baron Strange, of Knockyn, KG, KB (1460-1503), an English nobleman and heir apparent of Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby; Sir John Stanley, illegitimate son of James Stanley, Bishop of Ely, in 1506; Sir Thomas Stanley (1597-1672), created 1st Baronet Stanley of Alderley Hall in 1660; Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby KG (1531-1593)...
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Migration of the Stanley family to Ireland

Some of the Stanley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Stanley migration to the United States

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 Stanley were among those contributors:

Stanley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Stanley, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Roger Stanley, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [5]
  • Morris Stanley, who landed in Virginia in 1624 [5]
  • John Stanley, who landed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1634-1635 [5]
  • Thomas Stanley, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
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Stanley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph and his wife Elizabeth Stanley, who settled in Georgia in 1732
  • Joseph Stanley, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [5]
  • Sarah Stanley, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [5]
  • David Stanley, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748 [5]
  • James Stanley, who landed in America in 1764 [5]
Stanley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [5]
  • Peter Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
  • Edward F Stanley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1835 [5]
  • Stephen J Stanley, who landed in Texas in 1835 [5]
  • G I Stanley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
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Stanley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Stanley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Thomas Stanley U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
Stanley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Stanley, who settled in Long Pond, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in 1840 [7]
  • Ms. Ellen Stanley, aged 30, a Nurse at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died there in August 1847 during the typhus epidemic [8]
  • M Stanley, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Stanley migration to Australia

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

Stanley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Stanley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. James Stanley(b. 1801), aged 27, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 15th April 1828, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a pair of pantaloons and a pair of trousers from John Johns, transported aboard the ship "Vittoria" on 26th August 1828 to New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Henry Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Paul Stanley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Nicholas Stanley, (b. 1805), aged 32 born in Penryn, Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 24th March 1837, sentenced for 14 years for receiving fowls, transported aboard the ship "Susan" in 1837 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [12]
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Stanley 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:

Stanley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Stanley, Australian settler travelling from Sydney, Australia aboard the ship "Bristolian" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 [13]
  • Mr. John Stanley, (b. 1827), aged 23, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • Mrs. Mary Stanley, (b. 1830), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850, she died in 1901 [14]
  • Mr. Frank Stanley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harkaway" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd June 1857 [13]
  • John Stanley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stanley (post 1700)

  • Ralph Edmund Stanley (1927-2016), nicknamed Dr. Ralph Stanley, an American bluegrass artist, co-founder of the Stanley Brothers
  • Ted Stanley (1932-2016), American philanthropist and businessman, founder of the Danbury Mint which has marketed high quality medals and ingots in 1969
  • William "Bill" T. Stanley (1957-2015), American mammalogist, Director of the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) Collections Center
  • Thomas J. Stanley (1944-2015), American writer and business theorist, best known as the author of the New York Times’ best sellers The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind
  • Richard Peter Stanley (b. 1944), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition in 2001
  • Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (1841-1904), Welsh-born, American journalist and explorer who searched for Dr. Livingstone and allegedly uttered the famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
  • David S. Stanley (1828-1902), Union general in the American Civil War and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Francis Edgar Stanley (1849-1918), American co-founder of The Stanley Motor Carriage Company with his twin brother Freelan O. Stanley (1849-1940) in 1902, best known for their Stanley Steamer vehicles and as founders of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado which provided inspiration for Stephen King's The Shinning
  • Kim Stanley (1925-2001), Emmy and Academy award winning American actress
  • George Stanley (1875-1951), American actor
  • ... (Another 86 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Stanley family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Horace Stanley (1921-1945), , aged 24, born in Woodville, South Derbyshire, England, British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard Stanley (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Erdington, Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Acourt Stanley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Cyril James Stanley (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Augustus George Stanley (1916-1939), Irish Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. H. Stanley, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. J. Stanley, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. David H. Stanley, English First Waiter from Egremont, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Henry William Stanley, American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Amy Zillah Elsie Stanley, aged 24, English Third Class passenger from Wallingford, Oxfordshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C [22]
  • Mr. Edward Rowland Stanley (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from Swanage England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [22]

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Citations

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  15. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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