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The illustrious surname Strode is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Strode is a place-name from in Stroud, a parish in Gloucester or from Strood, a parish in Kent.


The surname Strode was first found in Somerset where they were descended from the Alain, the Duke of Bretagne who arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. The first to be granted lands was Sir Warinus Strode, Lord of Strode in Dorset, whose lands also pervaded Somerset. The Devon branch were originally from Strode, in the parish of Ermington, where Adam de Strode the first recorded ancestor was seated in the reign of Henry III. [1]

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Strode, Stroud, Strowd, Stroude, Strowde and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strode research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1290, 1561, 1750, 1771, 1350, 1400, 1360, 1480, 1522, 1638, 1707, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1598, 1645, 1624, 1645, 1600, 1643, 1637, 1597, 1626, 1676, 1660, 1676, 1589 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Strode History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 263 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Strode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Strode, or a variant listed above:

Strode Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Strode who settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Henry, John and Margaret Strode settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants

Strode Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jermiah Strode, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • C B Strode, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Frank Strode, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Wm. C. Strode, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Sadie Strode, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Strode Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. J. Strode, aged 25, who landed in America from Bristol, in 1906
  • George W Strode, aged 0, who emigrated to America from Bristol, in 1906
  • Agnes Strode, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Bristol, in 1906
  • Anges Strode, aged 25, who settled in America from Bristol, in 1906
  • Milton J. Strode, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

Strode Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Cheetham Strode landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Cheetham Strode landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


  • Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode (1914-1994), American Golden Globe nominated actor, decathlete and football star
  • Morris Skip Strode (b. 1960), American former professional tennis player
  • Lester Strode (b. 1958), American Major League Baseball bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs
  • Jesse Burr Strode (1845-1924), American politician from Nebraska
  • James M. Strode (1827-1848), American militia officer and politician from Illinois
  • Hudson Strode (1892-1976), American author and professor of creative writing at the University of Alabama
  • William Hall Bill Strode III (1937-2006), American two-time co-shared Pulitzer Prize winning photographer
  • William F. Strode, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Hannibal, Missouri, 1839-41
  • L. G. Strode, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932
  • Jesse Burr Strode (1845-1924), American Republican politician, District Judge in Nebraska 3rd District, 1892-94; U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1895-99



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: Hyeme viresco
Motto Translation: I flourish (or am green) in winter.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Strode Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Strode 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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