Stanley Family History
Stanley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places called Stanley including those in Yorkshire Staffordshire Derbyshire Durham Gloucestershire and Wiltshire named with Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. This English name has been established in Ireland since the 13th century where it was Gaelicized as de Stainléigh. English: possibly also a variant of Stoneley a habitational name from Stoneley Green in Burland (Cheshire) Stoneleigh (Warwickshire) or Stonely in Kimbolton (Huntingdonshire) all named with Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized form of any of various like-sounding names in other languages for example Polish Stanislawski Greek Anastasiou and Serbian Stojadinov (patronymic from the personal name Stojadin).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press