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Stokesley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Stokesley 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 Stokesley family


The surname Stokesley 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 Stokesley family


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Stokesley 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 Stokesley 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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Migration of the Stokesley family to the New World and Oceana


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 Stokesley or a variant listed above: 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.

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