Stokeley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Stokeley family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Staffordshire. The name was derived from the Old English words stocc, meaning tree trunk, and leah, meaning clearing, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived at or near a wooded clearing.
Early Origins of the Stokeley family
The surname Stokeley 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 Stokeley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stokeley research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1568, 1473, 1542, 1521, 1496, 1559, 1545, 1529, 1581, 1520, 1578, 1571, 1620, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1475, 1539 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Stokeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stokeley 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 Stockley, Stockleigh, Stokeley, Stuckless, Stuckley and many more.
Early Notables of the Stokeley 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 and heir, was Standard Bearer to Queen Elizabeth I. His third son, Thomas Stukley (c. 1520-1578) "The Lusty Stucley", was mercenary who fought in France, Ireland and in...
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Stokeley migration to the United States +
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 Stokeley or a variant listed above:
Stokeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Woodman Stokeley, who landed in Maryland in 1654 
Stokeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Stokeley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)