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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.
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.
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." 
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.
Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stapleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- Pierce Stapleton who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
- Pierce Stapleton, aged 22, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
- Bryant Stapleton, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
- Tho Stapleton, who landed in Virginia in 1663-1664
- Ann Stapleton, who landed in Maryland in 1674
Stapleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Stapleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Thomas Stapleton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Philip Stapleton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
- Phillip Stapleton arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1763
Stapleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Stapleton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1833
- John Stapleton, who arrived in New York in 1841
- John and Mary Stapleton arrived in Boston in 1850 with their two children
- Cath Stapleton, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
Stapleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Stapleton was a fisherman of St. John's Newfoundland in 1774
Stapleton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Stapleton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1811
- Joanna Stapleton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
- Margaret Stapleton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837
Stapleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Stapleton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Samuel Stapleton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Richard Stapleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1850
- Ann Stapleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" in 1851
- Alison Stapleton, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
- William Stapleton, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
Stapleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George William Stapleton, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
- Florence Stapleton, aged 17, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- Clayton Stapleton (1921-2014), American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator
- Edmond J. Stapleton, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Pittsfield, 1948
- Fielding Stapleton, American Democrat politician, Chair of Gentry County Democratic Party, 1939
- George P. Stapleton, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Texas City, Texas, 1992, 1994
- Isaac Stapleton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1924
- James F. Stapleton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1972
- Luke D. Stapleton (1869-1923), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1908-17; Appointed 1908; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, 1913-17
- Luke H. Stapleton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire; Elected 1936; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1948
- Marilyn A. Stapleton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 1996, 2008; Virgin Islands Democratic Party vice-chair, 2008
- Matthew N. Stapleton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Iron, Oneida and Vilas counties, 1902
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.
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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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