Stanton Surname

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Meaning of the Name

Recorded in a number of spellings including Stanton, Stannton, Staniton, Staunton, Steinton, Stinton, and possibly others, this is one of the earliest of all surnames. It is English and locational from any of the places called Stanton, Stainton, Stinton or Staunton, as recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. However spelt they usually derive from the Olde English pre 7th century words "stan or stein", meaning stone, and "tun", a settlement or village, and would describe a settlement situated on stony ground. However, Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire, and Stanton Drew in Somerset are probably so named in reference to their proximity to prehistoric stone monuments.

A Staunton family has been established for nearly seven centuries at Staunton, in Nottinghamshire, and it is also a particularly popular surname in Ireland. It was taken there by early settlers who obtained large estates in County Mayo. Early examples of recordings include Walter de Stanton of Nottinghamshire in 1199; and John de Staunton of Oxfordshire in 1290. Later examples include Robert Staunton of Alcester, on February 6th 1661, and William Staniton and his wife Mary, who were christening witnesses at Leek Wootton, Warwickshire, on July 12th 1858. [The earliest record on WikiTree of the main spelling is Petronella (Stanton) de la lea, born 1142 Shropshire, England.]

A coat of arms of the family has the blazon of a black field charged with a chevron between three silver lions' heads. The first recorded spelling of the surname is shown to be that of Godwine aet Stantune. This was dated 1055, in the Old English Bynames list, for the reign of King Edward the Confessor, Saxon king of England, 1042 - 1066. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop," often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. [On Wikitree, the earliest profile is Sir Mawgerus de Staunton, born 1040 in Nottinghamshire.]

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See here for a page of earliest Stantons and their locations in this Study.


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See here for the Cornwall Stantons freespace page
These tables give a fascinating look at how the Stantons in Cornwall migrated all over the world. The earliest record for Cornwall Stantons currently held on WikiTree is that of James Stanton in 1599. For a couple of hundred years, the Cornwall Stantons moved only as far as the nearest village or town. But then, in the mid-to-late 19th century, we see them beginning to travel globally. First, John went to South Australia, while his brother Samuel went to Victoria (also in Australia). From the same family, Henry, James and Charles went to Colorado, USA , while their brother Benjamin went to Missouri. Future tables will show where they went from there.

Samuel born 1852 and his sister Victoria went to Kansas, USA. Then their nephew, Samuel J, born in 1872, went to New York, while his brother, James went to Pennsylvania. But there were still Stantons in Cornwall!

Notable Namebearers

living or possibly-living Stantons are not included

  • Charles Stanton (1873–1946), Independent Labour Party United Kingdom MP
  • Charles E. Stanton (1858–1933) United States Army officer
  • Edwin McMasters Stanton (1814–1869), US Secretary of War during Civil War
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), 19th-century women's rights leader
  • Eric Stanton (1926–1999), US graphic artist
  • Frank Stanton (executive) (1908 – 2006), CBS TV executive
  • Frank Lebby Stanton (1857–1927), American lyricist
  • Frederick Perry Stanton (1814–1894), American politician in the 19th century
  • Frederick Stanton (aviator) (1895–1979), World War I flying ace
  • Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017), American actor
  • Henry Stanton (soldier) (c. 1796-1856), U.S. brevet brigadier general
  • Henry Brewster Stanton (1805–1887), anti-slavery activist
  • Henry Throop Stanton (1834–1899), American poet
  • Henry de Stanton, English medieval professor of canon law and university chancellor
  • Hervey de Stanton (1260 – 1327), Chancellor of the Exchequer and founder of Michaelhouse College, Cambridge University
  • Martin Walter Stanton (1897–1977), American Catholic bishop
  • Richard Henry Stanton (1812–1891), Congressman from Kentucky
  • Robert Brewster Stanton (1846-1922), United States civil and mining engineer
  • Thomas Stanton (1615–1677), early settler of Hartford, Connecticut and co-founder of Stonington, Connecticut

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