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LONGSTAFF Family History

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from an occupational name for a "tipstaff" (court official charged with keeping order), or a "beadle" (a minor church official who keeps order), who usually carried a long staff as a badge of office. "Long" derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lang", and "staff" comes from "staef" meaning staff, and also thinness, leanness (also an Olde English element). It would also have originated as a nickname for a particularly tall, thin man, resembling a long staff, or for a sergeant or some other officer of the law.

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