The name Staugh is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in one of the many English places called Stow. However, in Worcestershire
, the Old English word stow,
which means place,
or more specifically, holy place,
was retained as part of the common vocabulary of Old English. Experts theorize that in this county, the surname Staugh alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Staugh belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Staugh family
The surname Staugh was first found in Cambridgeshire
. Although the name has long existed as both a place and personal name
in various counties, including Cambridgeshire
, and Suffolk
. Stow Fair was a medieval fair inaugurated in 1233 and held on the 23rd of June each year at a place now called Stow Green Hill in Lincolnshire
. The fair continued through the centuries until 1954. Stowe or Stow is also a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England
. One branch of the family was found at Bedingham in Norfolk
. "The church [of Bedingham] consists of a nave, chancel, and aisles, with a chapel at the east end of each aisle, and a circular tower the upper part of which is octagonal; the font is curiously sculptured, and in the chancel are some handsome monuments to the Stow family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Staugh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staugh research.Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1315, 1602, 1601, 1525, 1605, 1793 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Staugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Staugh Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Staugh are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Staugh include: Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.
Early Notables of the Staugh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Staugh family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Staugh or a variant listed above: Abraham Stow, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1775; Benjamin Stow, who was one of the first settlers of South Carolina, arriving in 1678.