Hi! I’m French and my name is Mariella Stancill, which is quite an unusual surname in France. Actually my family is even the only one named Stancill in France. My father and I did some research on our genealogy, but we couldn’t find any trace of our family before 1839. The oldest document we found is the birth certificate of my great great grandfather, Baptiste Stancill, born in Pau (in the South West of France) in 1839. According to this document his mother was Marie Stancill, born in a town around Pau. We couldn’t find any trace of Marie Stancill in the birth registers, although there are lots of different girls named Marie born that year in that town. The birth certificate doesn’t mention either any maiden name or the father’s name. At that time the registers were often full of mistakes and incomplete. Many people had their name changed because of a spelling error. But in this case that seems illogical, because the most usual errors tended to make foreign names looking more French, not the opposite. My father also found that in the 19th century many English (American too, but more at the end of the century I think) moved to Pau. Pau was even called “la ville anglaise”: ”the English city” (http://lavilleanglaise.com/, the article is in English). But we didn’t find anyone named Stancill in the immigration registers either.
So, sorry for writing such a long text! I’m looking for any piece of information about anyone named Stancill who stayed in Pau, or moved to Pau before 1939. My family and I are very curious know where we come from! ?