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The name Stapleton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Stapleton which could be found in the counties of Cumberland, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Yorkshire. The surname Stapleton is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. In this case the surname Stapleton was originally derived from the Old English terms which denoted a farm with a prominent pillar.
The surname Stapleton was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where tradition states that Octa, brother of Hengis, the Saxon invader, in the year 450, came north to defend his territory against the Picts, and established a fort on the banks of the Tees calling it Stapleton. In 1052, Heryon, was Lord of the manor of Stapleton upon Tees. We draw the reader's attention to Saddleworth cum Quick in Yorkshire. "At the time of the Conquest, Saddleworth was constituted a manor; and in the year 1200, William de Stapleton, to whom it then belonged, founded a chapel here for his tenants, which he made subordinate to the church of St. Chad, Rochdale. From the Stapletons the portion of the manor called Friermere or Friar-Mere, which is in extent one-half of the chapelry." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Sir Miles Stapleton, of Bedale, Yorkshire was lord of Ingham, Norfolk by marriage in 1360 to Joanna, daughter and sole heiress of Sir Oliver de Ingham.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Stapleton have been found, including Stapylton, Stapleton, Stapulton, Stapilton, Stapledon and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stapleton research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1320, 1364, 1268, 1322, 1394, 1535, 1598, 1617, 1679, 1648, 1660 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Stapleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Miles Stapleton of Bedale KG (1320?-1364), an English knight, one of the Knights Founder of the Order of the Garter who served in the Wars of Gascogne in 1268; Sir Bryan Stapleton KG (c.1322-1394), an English medieval knight from Yorkshire...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stapleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Stapleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Stapleton, or a variant listed above:
Stapleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Stapleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Stapleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Stapleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Stapleton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Stapleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Stapleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Stapleton Historic Events
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: Fide sed cui vide
Motto Translation: Trust, but in whom take care.
The Stapleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stapleton 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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