England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Stealy. It was given to 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 Stealy family
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 Stealy family
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Stealy Spelling Variations
spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
Early Notables of the Stealy family (pre 1700)
Ireland, grandfather of Sir Richard Steele of Dublin; Thomas...
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Migration of the Stealy family to Ireland
Some of the Stealy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Stealy family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Stealy or a variant listed above:
Stealy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Stealy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Stealy (post 1700)
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