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Stanneton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Stainton found in the counties of Cumberland, Durham, Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Westmorland, West Riding of Yorkshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. [1]

The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire parishes both appear in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Stanton and Staintone, respectively. [2]

Early Origins of the Stanneton family

The surname Stanneton was first found in Yorkshire but was a frequent name in the north of England as it was derived from the Old English word "stan" which meant "farmstead on stony ground." [3]

In Lincolnshire, a strong early presence of the family was found, beginning with Hugh de Staintone, who was a Knights Templar there in 1185. [4] And the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two early spellings for the name, both in Lincolnshire: Herbert de Staynton; and Robert de Staynton. [1]

In Yorkshire, Margaret de Staynton was listed there in 1277 [4] and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Thomas de Staynton; and Juliana de Staynton. [1]

Early History of the Stanneton family

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Stanneton Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Stanneton family name include Stainton, Staneton and others.

Early Notables of the Stanneton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Stanneton family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Stanneton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Adam Stainton who settled in Maryland in 1739.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook