Early Origins of the Stansbie family
The surname Stansbie was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Stainby, held by Alfred of Lincoln, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Stansbie family
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Stansbie Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Stainby, Stainsby, Stanesby, Stanby and others.
Early Notables of the Stansbie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stansbie family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Stansbie (post 1700)
- Paul Stansbie, American Hospitality Professor at Grand Valley State University, Minnesota
- Dr Lisa Stansbie, British Head of The Department of Art and Communication at the University of Huddersfiled
- Dr Adam Stansbie, British composer, performer and writer at the Department of Music, The University of Sheffield