Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Stapeley in Cheshire, or in the place called Stapley in Hampshire. The surname Stapelay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Stapelay family
Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Stapelay family
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Stapelay Spelling Variations
Before the last few 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 Stapelay were recorded, including Stapeley, Stapley, Stapleigh, Stapliegh, Staplie and many more.
Early Notables of the Stapelay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Stapley (1590-1655), one of the regicides of King Charles I of England; and his son, Sir John Stapley, 1st Baronet of Patcham...
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Migration of the Stapelay 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 Stapelay family emigrate to North America: Stephen Stapley settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1823.
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