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. Nickname for a sergeant or bailiff or another officer of the law
(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 are of an old
Norfolk name seated from ancient times, before hastings 1066:
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