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

The Stoddard surname is thought to come from the ancient Scottish-English border region, where the people called the Boernicians once lived. It is a name for a breeder of horses. The name comes from the Old English terms stod, meaning a stud of horses, and hierde, which means herd. The name as a whole has a meaning of servant in charge of a stud.

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Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Stoddard has appeared under the variations Stoddart, Stoddard, Stodart, Stodhard, Stodhart, Stothert and many more.

First found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoddard research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1568, and 1826 are included under the topic Early Stoddard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Stoddard were among those contributors:

Stoddard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Stoddard who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Anthony Stoddard, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639
  • John Stoddard, who arrived in Connecticut in 1642
  • Solomon Stoddard (1643-1729) American Congregational theologian and pastor who became the first librarian of Harvard lived in Boston
  • Simeon Stoddard, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1675

Stoddard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Benjamin Stoddard who settled in Boston in 1765
  • Benjmn S Stoddard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1772

Stoddard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Oliver Stoddard settled in Portland Me. in 1822
  • John Stoddard settled in Charles Town [Charleston] South Carolina in 1823
  • A Stoddard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mark Stoddard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • E P Stoddard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855


Stoddard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jimmie Augustus Stoddard, who landed in Alabama in 1923

Stoddard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Ichabod Stoddard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Stoddard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Stoddard, aged 35, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"

Stoddard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Stoddard, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Charlotte Stoddard arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Maria Stoddard, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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  • Richard Henry Stoddard (1834-1902), American poet and critic
  • Tim Stoddard (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909), American poet and author
  • Bob Stoddard (b. 1957), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1823-1902), American poet and novelist
  • James Stoddard (1838-1864), American sailor, eponym of the USS Stoddard (DD-566)
  • Joshua C Stoddard (1814-1902), American inventor
  • Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917), American landscape photographer
  • Brandon Stoddard (d. 2014), American television executive, President of ABC Entertainment (1985-1989)
  • Mrs. Clement  Stoddard (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917


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  • The Wheel of Truth by Gertrude S. Lowry .
  • The Story of Mrs. Eliza Platt Stoddard of Succasuma, Morris County, New Jersey by Edwin W. Hancock
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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: Post nubes lux
Motto Translation: After clouds light.

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  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Stoddard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stoddard 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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