Stillings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stillings arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Stillings comes from the Norman name Steflingefled.

Early Origins of the Stillings family

The surname Stillings 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." [1]

Early History of the Stillings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stillings research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1689, 1491, 1635 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Stillings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stillings Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Stillington, Stillingfleet and others.

Early Notables of the Stillings family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Stillington (d. 1491), Bishop of Bath and Wells, and Lord Chancellor, the son of John Stillington, who held property at Nether Acaster, near York. Edward Stillingfleet (1635-1699), was a British theologian and scholar from Cranborne...
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Migration of the Stillings family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Stillings or a variant listed above: Silvester Stillingfleet who settled in Jamaica in 1684.

Contemporary Notables of the name Stillings (post 1700) +

  • Charles A. Stillings, American Public Printer of the United States (1905-1908)
  • John Stuart Stillings (b. 1955), American silver medalist rower at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Edward Stillings (1823-1890), American lawyer, politician, judge, and businessman
  • Ferdinand A. Stillings, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 10th District, 1903-04 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Gerald Fay Stillings, American Fireman Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

The Stillings 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.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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