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

The illustrious surname Stroud is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Stroud is a place-name from in Stroud, a parish in Gloucester or from Strood, a parish in Kent.

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Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Strode, Stroud, Strowd, Stroude, Strowde and others.

First found in Somerset where they were descended from the Alain, the Duke of Bretagne who arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. The first to be granted lands was Sir Warinus Strode, Lord of Strode in Dorset, whose lands also pervaded Somerset.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stroud research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1290, 1561, 1750, 1771, 1350, 1400, 1360, 1480, 1522, 1638, 1707, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1598, 1645, 1624, 1645, 1600, 1643, 1637, 1597, 1626, 1676, 1660, 1676, 1589 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Stroud History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 263 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stroud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Stroud, or a variant listed above:

Stroud Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Stroud settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Stroud settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Tho Stroud, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Jane Stroud, who arrived in America in 1654-1679
  • William Stroud settled in Virginia in 1660


Stroud Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Benja Stroud, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Richard Stroud, who landed in America in 1770
  • William Stroud settled in Maryland in 1774

Stroud Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Stroud, aged 29, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • John Stroud, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834

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  • Robert Franklin Stroud (1890-1963), American criminal, known as the Birdman of Alcatraz
  • Don Lee Stroud (b. 1943), American actor
  • John "Jack" Stroud (1928-1994), American football offensive lineman in the NFL
  • Marcus LaVar Stroud (b. 1978), American Football defensive tackle in the NFL
  • Jonathan Anthony Stroud (b. 1970), English author of fantasy books
  • Dorothy Nancy Stroud MBE, Assistant Curator, Sir John Soanes Museum
  • Les Stroud (b. 1962), Canadian musician, film maker, and survival expert


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  • Strode and Stroud Families in England and America by James Strode Elston.
  • Scattered Chips from the Woodpile by Marcella Pickerel Headrick.
  • No Ending by Logan Drexel Wilson.
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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: Hyeme viresco
Motto Translation: I flourish (or am green) in winter.

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