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Where did the English Staples family come from? What is the English Staples family crest and coat of arms? When did the Staples family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Staples family history?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." 
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.
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.  The first record of the name was Robert de Stapel who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.  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.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robertus Staple, mercer; and Willwelmus Staple.  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.  However, this latter place name does date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Staple. 
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Staples Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Staples Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Staples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Staples Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Staples Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Staples Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
The Staples Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Staples 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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