Thought to originate from the name given to the bearer of a long staff. The long staff was approximately twelve feet long, a longer version of the short staff, which was 6 to 9 feet long, more commonly known as the quarterstaff. The staff could be ornate or a simple shaft of wood, a symbolic weapon such as a tipstaff carried by a sergeant, bailiff or other officer of the law who often carried a long staff as a badge of office.
ARMS (SHIELD): a bend Sable fimbriated Argent between Three
PHEONS of the second, on a chief Gules a bezant between Two FLEURS-DE-LIS
of the field.
Earliest records of the surname Longstaff include the marriage of John Longstaff and Elizabeth Blowe at St. James, Clerkenwell in 1660 and Barbara Longstaff married to William Pricklowe at St. Georges, Hanover Square in 1748.
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