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Origins Available: English-Alt, English

Where did the English Strickland family come from? What is the English Strickland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Strickland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Strickland family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Strickland family lived in Westmorland, at Stirkland.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Strickland, Stirkland, Stickland and others.

First found in Westmorland at Great Strickland or Little Strickland which dates back to the 12th century when it was named Stircland. The name is derived from the Old English words "stirc" + "land" and meant "cultivated land where young bullocks are kept." [1] Strickland-Ketel and Strickland-Roger were located in the same county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strickland research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1200, 1400, 1415, 1600, 1671, 1621, 1694, 1419, 1400, 1419, 1598, 1596, 1673, 1665, 1724, 1686, 1735, 1640, 1717, 1685 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Strickland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Strickland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Strickland or a variant listed above:

Strickland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Strickland, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Henry Strickland settled in Virginia in 1670 along with Joseph
  • Henry Strickland, who settled in Virginia in 1670 along with Joseph
  • Mathew Strickland, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Strickland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Strickland settled in New Jersey in 1769
  • Hugh Strickland settled in Wilmington, Del. in 1789
  • Dan Strickland, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Strickland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Strickland, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • William Strickland, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Christian Strickland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Samuel Strickland, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Henry Strickland, who landed in California in 1871


Strickland Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Strickland, who arrived in Alabama in 1919

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  • Theodore "Ted" Strickland Ph.D. (b. 1941), American politician of the Democratic Party, Governor of Ohio (2007-)
  • Amzie Strickland (1919-2006), American character actor
  • David Gordon Strickland Jr. (1969-1999), American television actor
  • Anthony A. "Tony" Strickland (b. 1970), American politician, California State Senator
  • Earl "The Pearl" Strickland (b. 1961), American professional pool player inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame (2006)
  • Katherine Dee "KaDee" Strickland (b. 1975), American actress, best known for her role as Charlotte King on the ABC drama Private Practice
  • Rodney "Rod" Strickland (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • Julian Keith Strickland (b. 1953), American multi-instrumentalist, composer, founding member of the The B-52s
  • Gail Strickland (b. 1947), American character actress
  • William Strickland (1788-1854), American architect from Pennsylvania

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  • Strickland Genealogy and Family History by Naomi Ruth Jackson Chasteen.
  • The Strickland Story by Kathleen S. Bell.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sans mal
Motto Translation: Without evil.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Strickland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Strickland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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