Stoodley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Stoodley family, who lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.

Early Origins of the Stoodley family

The surname Stoodley 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 Stoodley family

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Stoodley 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 Stoodley family (pre 1700)

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Stoodley Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Stoodley is the 668th most popular surname with an estimated 66 people with that name. [1]


Canada Stoodley migration to Canada +

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 Stoodley or a variant listed above:

Stoodley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jonathon Stoodley, who settled in Fogo, Newfoundland in 1792, later moving to Battle Harbour in Labrador [2]
Stoodley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Stoodley, who settled in Grand Bank, Newfoundland in 1837 [2]
  • Thomas Stoodley, who settled in Indian Burying Place, Twillingate, Newfoundland in 1842, later moving to the Hermitage District [2]

New Zealand Stoodley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Stoodley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Stoodley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • J. Stoodley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [3]

West Indies Stoodley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Stoodley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Stoodley, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Stoodley (post 1700) +

  • Brian Stoodley, American production assistant, known for his work on Manny in Real Life (2014), Bygone (2015) and Vacant (2014)
  • Nicholas Stoodley (b. 1980), American winner of the Invitational Conference in 1980, becoming the first foreign team to capture a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) title
  • Peter Ernest William Stoodley, British politician, County Treasurer of Kent


  1. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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