The name Stockelay reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stockelay family lived in Staffordshire
. The name was derived from the Old English words stocc,
meaning tree trunk,
and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived at or near a wooded clearing.
Early Origins of the Stockelay family
The surname Stockelay was first found in Staffordshire
where they were conjecturally descended from two Norman nobles, brothers in arms, named Rafwin and Alwin, who were under tenants of the Bishop of Chester at Yoxall in that shire.
Early History of the Stockelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stockelay research.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1568, 1473, 1542, 1521, 1496, 1559, 1545, 1529, 1581, 1520, 1578, 1571, 1620, 1663, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Stockelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stockelay Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Stockelay family name include Stockley, Stockleigh, Stokeley, Stuckless, Stuckley and many more.
Early Notables of the Stockelay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Stucley (1473-1542) of Affeton, Sheriff of Devon
in 1521; and his eldest son, Sir Hugh Stucley (1496-1559), Lord of the manor of Affeton in Devon
, and Sheriff of Devon
in 1545. His eldest son and heir, Lewes Stucley (1529-1581), eldest son... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stockelay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stockelay family to Ireland
Some of the Stockelay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stockelay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Stockelay family to immigrate North America: George Stockley who settled in Barrow Harbour, Bona Vista Bay, Newfoundland, in 1783; Samuel Stockley and his family held Pinchards Island in 1802; and James Stockley settled in Greenspond in 1815.