The proud Norman name of Stealay was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person who was strong or reliable.
The surname Steele
is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.
Early Origins of the Stealay family
The surname Stealay was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire
, and the family moved north to Scotland.
Early History of the Stealay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stealay research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Stealay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stealay 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 Stealay have been found, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
Early Notables of the Stealay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Steele (1610-1680), English lawyer and politician from Sandbach, Cheshire, Lord Chancellor of Ireland
, grandfather of Sir Richard Steele of Dublin; Thomas... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stealay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stealay family to Ireland
Some of the Stealay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stealay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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 Stealay were among those contributors: Clement Steel settled in Virginia in 1651; followed by Isaac in 1683; Isaack Steel settled in Barbados in 1683; James Steel settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766.