The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Stockleys family name to the British Isles. They 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 Stockleys family
The surname Stockleys 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 Stockleys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stockleys 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 Stockleys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stockleys Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Stockley, Stockleigh, Stokeley, Stuckless, Stuckley and many more.
Early Notables of the Stockleys 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 Stockleys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stockleys family to Ireland
Some of the Stockleys 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 Stockleys family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Stockleys or a variant listed above were: 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.