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

The name Stringer comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a strong or courageous person. Checking further we found the name was derived from the German word streng, of the same meaning.


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 Stringer, Stringar, Stringers and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from early times, where they were Lords of the manor of Eaton, and were conjecturally descended from Fulk, who held the lands of Eaton from Roger de Bully at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086. The lands, at that time, consisted of two mills and a garden. Eaton is the celebrated site of the Battle of the Idle in 617 between Redwald and Ethelfrith of Northumbria.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stringer research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 137 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Stringer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Stringer or a variant listed above were:

Stringer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Stringer settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Samvell Stringer, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Stringer settled in Virginia in 1647
  • James Stringer, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • John Stringer settled in Virginia in 1651

Stringer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Stringer, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Saml Stringer, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Stringer settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Ralph Stringer settled in Maryland in 1736
  • Elizabeth Stringer settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1736

Stringer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Stringer, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1838
  • William Stringer, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • John A Stringer, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • T Stringer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Abel, Dedbor, Gamewell, George, James, and Matthew Stringer all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1858 and 1872


  • Sir Howard Stringer (b. 1942), Welsh-born, American businessman, Chairman and former President and CEO of Sony Corporation
  • Scott M. Stringer (b. 1960), American New York Democratic politician, the 26th Borough President of Manhattan
  • Korey Damont Stringer (1974-2001), American college and professional NFL football player
  • George Stringer VC (1889-1957), English recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War I
  • Nick Stringer (b. 1948), English actor from Torquay, Devon
  • Christopher Brian "Chris" Stringer (b. 1947), British anthropologist
  • John Bentley Stringer (1929-1980), British computer pioneer
  • Alexander John "Alex" Stringer (1903-1969), Canadian politician and judge, member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1946 to 1949
  • Lew Stringer (b. 1959), British freelance comic artist and scriptwriter
  • Peter Alexander Stringer (b. 1977), Irish rugby union player



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  9. 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 Stringer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stringer 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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