Stoddlege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Stoddlege family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.

Early Origins of the Stoddlege family

The surname Stoddlege was first found in Dorset where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The lands were originally held by Edrik of Stodlege, a Norman knight, and were recorded in the Domesday Book survey of 1086 A.D. They also held lands in Devon where Robert held Stoodleigh near Oakford from Ralph de Pomeroy, and Arnold held Stoodleigh from Walter de Douai in West Buckland, also in Devon.

Early History of the Stoddlege family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoddlege research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Stoddlege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stoddlege Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.

Early Notables of the Stoddlege family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stoddlege Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stoddlege family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stoddlege or a variant listed above: Thomas Studley who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; John Stoodley settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Jonathon Stoodley settled in Fogo in 1792.



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