Stotledge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Stotledge came to England with the ancestors of the Stotledge family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stotledge family lived in Dorset, at Stoodleigh.
Early Origins of the Stotledge family
The surname Stotledge 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 Stotledge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stotledge research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Stotledge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stotledge Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Stotledge are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Stotledge include Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.
Early Notables of the Stotledge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stotledge family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Stotledge, or a variant listed above: Thomas Studley who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; John Stoodley settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Jonathon Stoodley settled in Fogo in 1792.
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