Stanton, Staunton, de Stanton A surname of Anglo-Norman origin, their ancestor was Milo de Stanton, there are many places so named in England. They settled in Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork and Mayo. In Mayo they were followers of de Burgo and were granted lands in the barony of Carra. They took the surname Mac an Mhíleadha (son of the knight), which anglicised as MacEvilly. In 1890 Stanton was principally found in Mayo and Cork, Staunton was principally found in Mayo, Galway, Tipperary, Kilkenny, and the estimated number of bearers was 3,000.