Saturday, 23 March 2013

Surname Saturday - Staniforth

 This is my mam's family name.

Family Origins

This Coat of Arms was taken from
“Burke’s General Armory” compiled by
“Sir Bernard Burke” C.B.; LL.D;,
Ulster King of Arms to the Queen (1842)


Variants Stanford, Staniford, Staniforth, Stainforth. A locality name meaning ‘of Stanford’, from parishes found in the south of England. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are an Adam de Stanford, County Oxfordshire, who was recorded in the ‘Hundred Rolls’, England, in the year 1273 and a Symon de Stanford, County Huntingdonshire, was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of a Florentia de Stanforde, County Somerset, who was recorded in ‘Kirby’s Quest’, in the reign of Edward III and a Thomas Stanniford was recorded in the University of Oxford, in the year 1622.