Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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. Stansley 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 Stansley were named due to their close proximity to the stanley.
Early Origins of the Stansley family
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Later "the Stanleys of Alderley, and the Stanleys of Hooton, [became] the sole owners of the township [of Great Meolse, Cheshire.]" CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Stansley family
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Stansley Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stansley were recorded, including Stanley, Standley, Stanleigh, Stoneley and others.
Early Notables of the Stansley family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Stansley family to Ireland
Some of the Stansley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Stansley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Stansley family emigrate to North America:
Stansley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
The Stansley Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sans changer
Motto Translation: Without changing.
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