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Where did the English Stoker family come from? When did the Stoker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stoker family history?

The name Stoker came to England with the ancestors of the Stoker family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Stoker is for a person whose profession was felling trees or removing tree stumps. The name was originally derived from the Old English word stocc, meaning tree stump.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Stocker, Stoker, Stockere, Stokoe and others.

First found in Somerset where they were conjecturally descended from Walter de Douai, a Norman noble who was a Domesday tenant of Chilcompton, a village which two mills, 220 sheep, and 70 goats.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoker research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1484 is included under the topic Early Stoker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Stoker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stoker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Stoker or a variant listed above were:

Stoker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Stoker settled in Somers Island in 1635
  • Samuell Stoker with his wife, two children, and servants settled in Barbados in 1680

Stoker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Stoker, who arrived in Virginia in 1727
  • Robert Stoker, who arrived in Virginia in 1727
  • Michel Stoker, aged 31, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731

Stoker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Stoker, aged 42, landed in New York in 1837
  • George Stoker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Stoker, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Wm R Stoker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861
  • Thomas Stoker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878


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  • Austin Stoker (b. 1943), African-American actor
  • Bram Stoker (1847-1912), Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula
  • Frank Owen Stoker (1867-1939), Irish tennis player, Wimbledon winner
  • Richard Stoker (b. 1938), British composer and writer
  • Sir Michael Stoker, Director of Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories from 1968-79


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