This interesting name may be of English topographical origin from either the old English pre 7th Century word "stigol", a steep ascent, plus the suffix "-er", meaning dweller at, hence "dweller at a steep ascent"; or the old English "stigel", a stile, plus the suffix "-er", thus "dweller at the stile". The surname itself may also be topographical from residence by a "Stickley", a meadow of sticky soil. Magdalena, daughter of Johis Stickler was christened at Colan in Cornwall on October 3rd, 1598, while another daughter Franciscus was christened on April 19th 1599 at Colan. The marriage of Maud Stickler and James Joye took place at St. Merryn, Cornwall on February 2nd 1631, while Willmott Popplestone married William Stuckler at Holberton, in Devon on May 24th 1659. London church records list the christening of Richard, son of Samuel and Mary Stickler at St. Mary's, Holborn on December 26th 1727. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William atte Sticlegh, which was dated 1328, "Kirby's Quest for Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 111, "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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