Origin of the Name Stapleton
The origin of the name Stapleton
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Stapleton
include Stapelton, Gaulle, Gall, Gale and Stackpoole. This name in Irish is Mac an Ghaill which translates as 'son of the foreigner'. These families are of Hiberno-Norman origin and settled in Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
These were originally a Norman family who took their name from an English village and came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170. From that time on they became completely Hibernicized and integrated into Gaelic society. An early recorded person of the name was Robert de Stapleton who was Sheriff of Waterford in the year 1287. By the fifteenth century they had settled well into the North of Leinster Province. The name Stacpoole is sometimes a variant form of Stapleton, being an anglicized form of the Gaelic 'Galldubh', originally 'De Stacapul', mainly associated with County Clare.
The Stapleton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Stapleton descendants.