This is a dialectual transposition of Statham - a place name in Cheshire, so called from the Olde English pre 7th century 'stoed' meaning a landing place. Such locational names were given to inhabitants who moved either voluntarily or otherwise from their place of origin. The further away one moved the more the spelling was transposed. On June 18th 1846, one Patrick Staton embarked from Liverpool on the ship 'Liverpool' bound for America where the name is recorded as Staton and Staten. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Stathum which was dated 1413 Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters during the reign of King Henry V 1413-1422 Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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