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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Steynbury. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Steynbury family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Steynbury is a local type of surname and the Steynbury family lived at the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, Cornwall.

Steynbury Early Origins



The surname Steynbury was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Stanbury in Morwinstowe, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Steynbury Spelling Variations


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Steynbury Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Stanbury, Stanberie, Standborough, Stanborough, Stanbrough, Stanberry, Stanburry, Stansbury, Stainsbury and many more.

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Steynbury Early History


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Steynbury Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steynbury research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1474, 1448, 1453, 1453, 1474, 1670, 1720, 1706 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Steynbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steynbury Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steynbury Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steynbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Steynbury were Josiah Stanbury (also Stanborough) who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; Roger Stanbury arrived in Jamaica in 1661; W.A. Stanbrough arrived in San Francisco in 1850.

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Steynbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steynbury Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 November 2013 at 14:17.

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