Show ContentsStudley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Studley literally means "woodland clearing or pasture where a herd of horses is kept," from the Old English "stod" + "leah." [1] [2]

Another source notes the name denotes "belonging to Studleigh, Studley, the Middle English Stodley, Stodlegh, Anglo-Saxon Stódleáh (' tó stódleáge'- dat.: 'C.S.' no. 620) = the Stud-Lea. Studley was Stodlei in Domesday Book." [3]

Parishes and places with the name are found in Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, and West Riding of Yorkshire. "Stoodleigh is a parish in Devon, five miles from Hampton. There can be no doubt that the Dorset and Devon Studleys in general represent the last-named place." [4]

Early Origins of the Studley family

The surname Studley was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where William de Stodley, Leicestershire was recorded at that time. [4] A few years later, William de Stoddleye was recorded in Wiltshire in 1282 and later again, Henry Studley was found in Gloucestershire in 1373. [5]

In Devon, Robert held Stoodleigh near Oakford from Ralph de Pomeroy, and Arnold held Stoodleigh from Walter de Douai in West Buckland, also in Devon. "On Warbrightsleigh Hill, in the parish, are the remains of a beacon said to have been erected by Edward II." [6] This parish was recorded as Stodlei in the Domesday Book of 1086. [7]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. included an entry for Thomas de Studle, Bedfordshire, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign.) In Walter de Stodleghe was listed there 1 Edward III. [8]

Early History of the Studley family

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Studley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Studley were recorded, including Stoodley, Studley, Stoodly, Studly, Stodlege, Stoodlege and many more.

Early Notables of the Studley family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Studley (c.1545-1590), an English academic, best known as a translator of Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist. "He matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1561
  • he graduated B. A. in 1566 and M.A. in 1570, being elected a fellow of the college in the interval. He was a good classical scholar, and at a very early age prepared, in continuation of the labours of...

Studley Ranking

In the United States, the name Studley is the 15,327th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [9]


United States Studley migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Studley family emigrate to North America:

Studley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Studley who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia aboard the ship "Discovery" in 1607, died shortly after
Studley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Studley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [10]
Studley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Studley, aged 20, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Hadnot" from Tuxpam, Mexico [11]
  • George Studley, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [11]
  • William Studley, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Thorgerd" from Nuevitas, Cuba [11]
  • Georges Studley, destined for San Francisco, California, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France [11]
  • Dona Joubier Studley, aged 24, destined for San Francisco, California, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Studley (post 1700) +

  • Henry O. Studley (1838-1925), American organ and piano maker, carpenter, best known for creating the eponymous Studley Tool Chest
  • Jamienne S. Studley, American academic, Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education from 2013 to 2016, the first female president of Skidmore College in New York
  • Seymour L. "Sy" Studley (1841-1901), nicknamed Warhorse, an American Major League Baseball player who played five games for the Washington Nationals in 1872
  • Elmer Ebenezer Studley (1869-1942), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1933-1935)
  • Charles B. Studley (b. 1929), American head football coach at University of Cincinnati from 1961 to 1966
  • Julien J. Studley (1927-2015), born Julien Joseph Stuckgold, an American real estate broker and founder of Julien J. Studley Inc (now Savills Studley)
  • Graham Studley Cornes OAM (b. 1948), former Australian rules footballer and coach
  • Chad Studley Cornes (b. 1979), retired Australian rules footballer
  • Graham Studley Corn (b. 1948), former Australian rules football player and coach
  • Chad Studley Corn (b. 1979), Australian rules footballer


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  9. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  10. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  11. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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