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Staunton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The lineage of the name Staunton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Nottinghamshire in an area that was referred to as stanton, which means stony ground. Staunton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Staunton were named due to their close proximity to the stanton.


Early Origins of the Staunton family


The surname Staunton was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Staunton. The first Lord was Sir Brian Staunton who was Lord of Staunton during the time of Edward the Confessor in 1047. Great East Standen Manor is a manor house on the Isle of Wight that dates to the Norman Conquest; and was once the residence of Princess Cicely (1469-1507). Nearby is Standen House, an English country house but this edifice is more recent and dates back to the 18th century. Gloucestershire is home to another village named Staunton and this village is almost as old as the former with the first listing found in 972 as Stanton [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and then later the Domesday Book, [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
mentions a castle there belonging to Roger de Stanton, the foundations of which were cleared away a few years before. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Stanton in Northumberland was home to another branch of the family which has fallen. "The ancient manor-house, the seat of the last-named family, has been converted into a house for the reception of the poor; and a chapel which stood a little to the north of it, has altogether disappeared." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Staunton family


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Staunton Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Staunton has undergone many spelling variations, including Stanton, Staunton and others.

Early Notables of the Staunton family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Staunton (Stanton) (1600-1671), an English clergyman, chosen by Parliament as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Thomas Stanton (1616?-1677), English-born, settler to America c. 1636, a trader and...
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Migration of the Staunton family to Ireland


Some of the Staunton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Staunton family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Staunton were among those contributors:

Staunton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Staunton, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Staunton, aged 27, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William and Robert Staunton, who settled in Virginia in 1655

Staunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Staunton, aged 37, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1853 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Anne Staunton, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Staunton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Staunton, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. William Staunton who was a Seaman aboard the ship "Marchioness of Breadalbane" taking passenger to Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died at Grosse Isle on 5th August 1847 in the typhus epidemic [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 62)

Staunton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Staunton, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.

Staunton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Staunton a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • E. Staunton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Staunton (post 1700)


  • Kim Staunton, American actress
  • M. D. Staunton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1908
  • E. W. Staunton, American politician, Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, 1892-94
  • Ben Richard Frank Staunton (b. 1977), English cricketer
  • Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton OBE (b. 1956), English actress
  • Howard Staunton (1810-1874), English chess master who lends his name to the Staunton chess set
  • Sir George Thomas Staunton (1781-1859), 2nd Baronet, an English traveller and Orientalist
  • Sir George Leonard Staunton (1737-1801), 1st Baronet, an English botanist
  • Patricia Jane Staunton AO (b. 1946), Australian magistrate and former politician
  • Myles Staunton (b. 1935), former Irish Fine Gael politician and businessman
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 62)
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.


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