Origin of the Name Staveley
The origin of the name Staveley
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Staveley include Stavley and Stavely. This is a locality name meaning 'of Staveley', from parishes found in counties Derbyshire and Yorkshire. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are an Adam de Stavell, County Nottinghamshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and an Adam de Staveley, County Yorkshire, who was recorded in the 'Placita de Quo Warranto' in the reign of Edward III.
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. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland Staveley and its variants were introduced into the Province of Ulster by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The Staveley 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 Staveley descendants.