The ancestors of the name Stapleigh date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the settlement of Stapeley in Cheshire
, or in the place called Stapley in Hampshire
. The surname Stapleigh 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 Stapleigh family
The surname Stapleigh was first found in 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 Stapleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stapleigh research.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1701, 1905, 1590, 1655, 1628 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Stapleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stapleigh Spelling Variations
Stapleigh has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Stapleigh have been found, including Stapeley, Stapley, Stapleigh, Stapliegh, Staplie and many more.
Early Notables of the Stapleigh 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... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stapleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stapleigh family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stapleighs to arrive on North American shores: Stephen Stapley settled in Norfolk
Virginia in 1823.