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Where did the English Stopford family come from? What is the English Stopford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stopford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stopford family history?The name Stopford was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Stopford family lived in Cheshire, at Stockport.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Stopford has been recorded under many different variations, including Stockport, Stopfort, Stopford and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stopford research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1238 is included under the topic Early Stopford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Stopford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Stopford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Stopfords were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Stopford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.
The Stopford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stopford 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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