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The name Stoker came to England with the ancestors of the Stoker family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Stoker is for a person whose profession was felling trees or removing tree stumps. The name was originally derived from the Old English word stocc, meaning tree stump.
The surname Stoker was first found in Somerset where they were conjecturally descended from Walter de Douai, a Norman noble who was a Domesday tenant of Chilcompton, a village which two mills, 220 sheep, and 70 goats.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Stocker, Stoker, Stockere, Stokoe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoker research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1484 is included under the topic Early Stoker History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Stoker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Stoker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Stoker or a variant listed above were:
Stoker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Stoker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Stoker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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