Steedlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Steedlay family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Steedlay family lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.
Early Origins of the Steedlay family
The surname Steedlay was first found in Dorset where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were originally held by Edrik of Stodlege, a Norman knight, and were recorded in the Domesday Book survey of 1086 A.D. They also held lands in Devon where Robert held Stoodleigh near Oakford from Ralph de Pomeroy, and Arnold held Stoodleigh from Walter de Douai in West Buckland, also in Devon.
Early History of the Steedlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steedlay research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Steedlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Steedlay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Steedlay were recorded, including Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.
Early Notables of the Steedlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Steedlay family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Steedlay arrived in North America very early: Thomas Studley who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; John Stoodley settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Jonathon Stoodley settled in Fogo in 1792.
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