The name Stillingfleet reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Stillingfleet family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Stillingfleet is based on the Norman name Steflingefled.
Early Origins of the Stillingfleet family
The surname Stillingfleet was first found in Yorkshire
at Stillingfleet, a village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire
. The place dates back at least The Domesday Book
where it was listed as Steflingefled from the Old English personal name
+ inga + fleot and literally meant "stretch of river belonging to the family or followers of a man called Styfel." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Stillingfleet family
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Stillingfleet Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Stillingfleet are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Stillingfleet include Stillington, Stillingfleet and others.
Early Notables of the Stillingfleet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Stillingfleet (1635-1699), a British theologian and scholar from Cranborne, Dorset
considered to have been an outstanding preacher as well as a... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stillingfleet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stillingfleet family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Stillingfleet, or a variant listed above:
Stillingfleet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Silvester Stillingfleet who settled in Jamaica in 1684
The Stillingfleet Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Magna est veritas
Motto Translation: Great is truth.