This is an Old Scandinavian (Norse) habitational name which derives from the elements "stangr" - a post or boundary marker, and "grene", which translates as "green" but describes cultivated lands. In effect the original name holders lived by the village boundary. The name as "Stang" is popular throughout Scandinavia although the suffix form is much rarer, originating in the Province of Malmous, Sweden. The spelling form of Stangroom is an "Anglicization"; the British have always found great difficulty in spelling or pronouncing foreign names.Such Anglicizations are common, and it is unusual to find a continental name which has not been transposed on entry into the United Kingdom. Scandinavian surnames are relatively recent in formation (18th Century). They are overwhelmingly patronymic, and this is quite a rare exception. It would seem that the first recorded holder (below) married twice; on October 21st 1781, Sven Stanggren is again recorded at Stangby as marrying Cherstena Jonsdr. Interestingly the village name "Stangby" means "The Boundary Farm". The English recordings include John Stangroom of Medomsley, Durham on April 12th 1868. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Sven Stanggren, which was dated June 24th 1773, marriage to Hanna Hansdr, at Stangby, during the reign of King Gustavas 111 of Sweden, 1771 - 1792. 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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