The name Stoklay came to England
with the ancestors of the Stoklay family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stoklay 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 Stoklay family
The surname Stoklay 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 Stoklay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoklay 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 Stoklay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stoklay Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Stockley, Stockleigh, Stokeley, Stuckless, Stuckley and many more.
Early Notables of the Stoklay 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 Stoklay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stoklay family to Ireland
Some of the Stoklay 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 Stoklay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Stoklay 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.