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Staples is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Staples family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Staples family lived in Kent having derived from the Old French word estaple, meaning market-place, and indicates a person who lived near such a place. Another source claims that the name literally meant "dweller by a post or posts," from the Old English word stapol, meaning "post" or "pillar." [1]

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The surname Staples was first found in Kent at Staple-next-Wingham, a parish, in the union of Eastry, hundred of Downhamford, lathe of St. Augustine. This place name dates back to 1205 when it was first listed as Staples. [2] The first record of the name was Robert de Stapel who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [3] The Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire listed Walter de Stapel in 1275, and Osmund atte Staple was listed in Place Names of Surrey in 1279. Richard de Staples and John Stapel were both listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1321. [1] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robertus Staple, mercer; and Willwelmus Staple. [3] Staple-Fitzpaine is a parish, in the union of Taunton, hundred of Abdick and Bulstone, W. division of Somerset. The Fitzpaine family added the suffix in the 14th century so it is unlikely that the Staples family originated there. [4] However, this latter place name does date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Staple. [5]

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Staples have been found, including Staple, Staples, Stapel, Stapels, Stapell, Stapelle, Stapells and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staples research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Staples History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Staples family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Staples were among those contributors:

Staples Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Staples, with his wife and child, with two maids and six men, settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Leonard Staples, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Richd Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Elizabeth Staples settled in Virginia in 1651


Staples Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Margt Staples, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Staples, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Thomas Staples settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712
  • Susannah Staples settled in Maryland in 1775

Staples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Staples settled in Oswegatchie River NY in 1822
  • Jane Staples, aged 43, landed in America in 1822
  • Mary Staples, aged 34, landed in America in 1822
  • Luke Staples, who landed in Mississippi in 1846
  • Mr. Staples, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Staples Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Arnold B Staples, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Staples Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Samuel Staples arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Caroline Staples arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Robert Staples arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Symmetry" in 1848
  • William Staples arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • William Staples, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"


Staples Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Staples landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Staples arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Hephzibah Staples arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • John Staples arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Sarah Ann Staples arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864


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  • Abram Penn Staples (1885-1951), American politician, Attorney General of Virginia (1934-1947), Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia (1947-1951)
  • Waller Redd Staples (1826-1897), American politician, Congressman serving the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War
  • Douglas Todd Staples (b. 1963), American politician, current Republican Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture
  • C. F. Staples, American politician
  • Arthur G. Staples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1904 (alternate), 1912 (alternate), 1916 (alternate), 1924, 1932 (alternate)
  • Mrs. A. P. Staples, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1928
  • A. N. Staples, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • A. H. Staples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • Calvin Staples, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1842, 1843, 1845, 1847
  • D. J. Staples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1860

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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 dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God nothing.

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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