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The illustrious surname Stansbrey finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Stansbrey is a local type of surname and the Stansbrey family lived at the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, Cornwall.

Stansbrey Early Origins



The surname Stansbrey was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Stansbrey Spelling Variations


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Stansbrey Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Stanbury, Stanberie, Standborough, Stanborough, Stanbrough, Stanberry, Stanburry, Stansbury, Stainsbury and many more.

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Stansbrey Early History


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Stansbrey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stansbrey research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1474, 1448, 1453, 1453, 1474, 1670, 1720, 1706 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Stansbrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stansbrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stansbrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stansbrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Stansbrey: Josiah Stanbury (also Stanborough) who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; Roger Stanbury arrived in Jamaica in 1661; W.A. Stanbrough arrived in San Francisco in 1850.

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Citations



    Other References

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    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Stansbrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stansbrey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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