Early Origins of the Stovin family
The surname Stovin was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Stoven, held by Roger Bigod and Hugh de Montfort, two Nowman Barons, who were recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Stovin family
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Early Notables of the Stovin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stovin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stovin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Stovin, aged 48, originally from Bermuda, who arrived in New York City in 1904 aboard the ship "Trinidad" from Hamilton, Bermuda CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNM7-525 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Stovin, 13 Jun 1904; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York City, ship name Trinidad, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- James Stovin, aged 53, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Scythia" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3S-BMH : 6 December 2014), James Stovin, 24 Feb 1922; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Scythia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Stovin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Stovin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Foster Stovin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Stovin (post 1700)
- Lieutenant-General Richard Stovin (b. 1825), British Army officer in the American War of Independence and the War of 1812, eponym of Stovin Island, Canada, brother of General Frederick Stovin
- Craig Stovin (b. 1974), English actor from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, known for The Zombie Diaries (2006), Zombie Diaries 2 (2011) and Tales from the Graveyard: The Clophill Archives (2013)
- Captain Frederick Stovin -Bradford CBE DSC (1919-1974), English Royal Navy officer and aviator in the Fleet Air Arm
- Dr. George Stovin, British archeologist, best known for excavating the Amcotts Moor Woman, a bog body discovered in 1747 near Amcotts, Lincolnshire
- General Sir Frederick Stovin GCB KCMG (1783-1865), British Army officer who served throughout the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812
- Jerry Stovin (1922-2005), Canadian television and film actor