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

The history of the name Stubbs begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a a short or stocky person, having derived from the Old English word stybb, of the same meaning. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Stubbs family name include Stubbs, Stubs, Stubbes, Stubb, Stubbe and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they were granted lands at Water-Eaton and Bloxwich by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. There are elaborate accounts of this family's descent from Belmeis or Beaumeis from Beaumeis-Sur-Dive from Calvados in Normandy through Richard Belmeis, the founder of the family, who was a follower of Roger de Montogomery who was Sheriff of Shropshire and later Bishop of London, about 1100.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stubbs research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1632, 1676, 1724 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Stubbs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stubbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stubbs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Stubbs family to immigrate North America:

Stubbs Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniell Stubbs, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • Izabell Stubbs, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Danll Stubbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Daniell and Hontford Stubbs settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Isabell Stubbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1638


Stubbs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Stubbs settled in Barbados in 1700
  • Robt Stubbs, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Robert Stubbs settled in Maryland in 1716
  • Richd Stubbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Ralph Stubbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Stubbs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Stubbs, who arrived in New York in 1807
  • William Stubbs settled in New York State in 1807
  • Edward Stubbs, who landed in New York in 1807
  • Catherine Stubbs, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1807
  • Margaret Stubbs, aged 40, landed in New York in 1807


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  • William Stubbs (1825-1901), English clergyman and historian
  • Alan Stubbs (b. 1971), former English footballer
  • Frank Edward Stubbs (1888-1915), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Francis Alexander Heath- Stubbs OBE (1918-2006), English poet and translator
  • Una Stubbs (b. 1937), English actress and former dancer
  • William Stubbs (1825-1901), English historian and Bishop of Oxford
  • Mr. James Henry Stubbs (d. 1912), aged 28, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Stanley Stubbs, Headmaster, The Perse School, Cambridge
  • Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs (1876-1947), British administrator, who was the governor of Hong Kong (1919-1925)
  • George Stubbs (1724-1806), British painter best known for his paintings of horses


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  • Galveston was Their Home: Genealogy of the Kauffman-Stubbs-Brotherson Families by Sara Ellen Stubbs.
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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: Cedant arma labori
Motto Translation: Let arms give place to labour

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