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

The name Stringfield is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a strong person. Stringfield is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. This surname derives from the Old English words streng and felaw, which mean strong and fellow.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Stringfield have been found, including Strongfellow, Stringfellow and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat. This curious name emerged during the 12th century when it was the custom to adopt a nickname to assert one's prowess and stature in battle. Notable amongst this type of name was Strongbow, sobriquet of the Earl of Pembroke in his invasion of Ireland in 1172. Or Strongitharm, a corruption of one English branch of the Scottish Clan Armstrong. Or Strongfellow, the first version of Stringfellow, and conjecturally all three names are of the Yorkshire branch of Armstrong. Both Strongfellow and Stringfellow have registered the same Coat of Arms and thus seals the obvious connection between these two names.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stringfield research. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1799 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Stringfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Stringfield surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: John Stringfellow who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682; another John Stringfellow, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858; Joseph Stringfellow, who came to Philadelphia in 1866.

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  • Sherry Stringfield, American actress


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The Stringfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stringfield 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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