First name origin & meaning:
Old English: From the rocky meadow
First name variations: Stanly, Stanleigh, Stanbury, Stanberry, Standish, Stanfield, Stanford, Stanhope, Stanmore, Stanton, Stanway, Stanwick, Stanwyck
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of the various places, for
example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire,
Wiltshire, and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English
stān ‘stone’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
- Americanized form of any of various like-sounding names in other
European languages, for example Polish Stanislawski and Greek
- The explorer and journalist Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841–1904) was born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Wales, but traveled as a cabin boy in 1858 from Liverpool, England, to New Orleans, LA, where he was adopted by a merchant surnamed Stanley. From the late 1860s he worked as a correspondent for the New York Herald, and traveled extensively in Africa.
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