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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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The surname Stoddard was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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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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  • Brandon Stoddard (d. 2014), American television executive, President of ABC Entertainment (1985-1989)
  • Tim Stoddard (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917), American landscape photographer
  • Joshua C Stoddard (1814-1902), American inventor
  • Richard Henry Stoddard (1834-1902), American poet and critic
  • James Stoddard (1838-1864), American sailor, eponym of the USS Stoddard (DD-566)
  • Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1823-1902), American poet and novelist
  • Bob Stoddard (b. 1957), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909), American poet and author
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Stoddard Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Clement  Stoddard (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. George H P Stoddard (b. 1915), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Alverstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. 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).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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