Stoodly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Stoodly is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stoodly family lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.

Early Origins of the Stoodly family

The surname Stoodly 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 Stoodly family

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

Stoodly Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Stoodly have been found, including Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.

Early Notables of the Stoodly family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Stoodly 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:

Stoodly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Stoodly, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Eliza Stoodly, aged 34, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841


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