The name is also written as: Wyons & Marion / Marions.
It is said in some Stansfeld Family Pedigrees, and some early secondary sources, that
He came from Normandy.
He was of the family of Kyriel, and came over either with William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest, or in the next wave.
He was a follower of Earl Warren.
He was granted the lands around – what is now – the district of Stansfield, some say, by the Earl Warren, others say, by the king.
He became the Lord of Stansfield.
He married Unknown.
He was the first recorded member of the Stansfeld / Stansfield family.
His son, Jordan, was the first bearer of the surname
No documentary evidence has been found as to the existence of Wyon Maryons. He may have been a figure created much later in order to establish a link between the then Stansfeld family and William the Conqueror & the Normans, a connection which was fashionable when the creating of pedigrees became popular with the landed gentry – from the Elizabethan period onward.
While it can be proven that Wyon Maryons was not of the Stansfeld family, nor was he Lord of Stansfield, that is not to say that he did not exist. If he was a son of a junior branch of the Kyriel family, one would not expect him to appear in records.
He could have been a follower of one of the later Earls Warenne. If so, he may have married a Stansfeld daughter, or even, though less likely, had a daughter who married a Stansfeld. His name is distinctive, and the Kyriel family of some standing, so it could be that his name was remembered down the generations. There is no record of Stansfeld daughters this early, nor of the names of the wife of John de Stansfeld or the wives for the next four generations.
It has been suggested that Wyon was originally a corruption of Warin.
Roger son of Warin, married Amabella, daughter of John son of Essolf, an Englishman.
Roger and Amabella were granted the mill and 12 bovates of land in Stansfield in free marriage by Amabella's father.
This is the earliest known deed relating to Stansfield. Their son John was the first to take the surname de Stansfeld.
It was common practice at the time for the Saxon and Scandinavian landowners – who had been displaced by the Normans – to marry Norman ladies, marry their daughters to Norman men, and give their children Norman names – such as John – and thus gain Norman favour
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