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Strong is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a physically powerful person. The surname Strong is derived from the Old English word strong, which in turn comes from the Old English word strang, which means strong. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Strong were recorded, including Stronge, Strong and others.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strong research. Another 332 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1654 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Strong History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Strong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Strong family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Strong family emigrate to North America:
Strong Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eleanor Strong settled with her husband John in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630
- Edward Strong settled in Virginia in 1635
- Edward Strong, who landed in Virginia in 1635
- John Strong, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
- Edwd Strong, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
Strong Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martha Strong, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Mary Strong, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Christopher Strong, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
- Christopher Strong settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
Strong Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Chr Strong, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Hugh Strong, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Duncan Strong, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812
- David Strong, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
- B R W Strong, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
Strong Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Strong, who landed in Mississippi in 1906
Strong Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- William Strong settled in St. John's in 1682
Strong Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- George and John Strong settled in Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1787
Strong Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Strong, a tailor, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Caroline Strong arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
- John Strong arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
- Sarah Strong arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
Strong Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Strong, aged 47, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- Martha Strong, aged 37, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- Frances Strong, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- Charles Strong arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Mary Ann Strong arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- William L. Strong (1827-1900), American politician, mayor of New York City 1895 to 1897
- Ken Strong (1906-1979), American professional NFL football player
- Josiah Strong (1847-1916), American Protestant clergyman and author
- Joseph Dwight Strong (1852-1899), American painter
- Henry Strong (1838-1919), American businessman, first president of the Eastman Kodak Company 1884 to 1919
- Danny Strong (b. 1974), American actor
- Caleb Strong (1745-1819), American politician, Massachusetts statesman, sixth Governor of Massachusetts
- Brenda Strong (b. 1958), American actress
- Benjamin Strong Jr. (1872-1928), American banker, Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Geoffrey Hugh "Geoff" Strong (1937-2013), English footballer
- American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts.
- Strong Family of Virginia by James Robert Rolff.
- True Tales from the Early Days of Long Island by Kate W. Strong.
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: Tentanda via est
Motto Translation: The way must be tried.
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The Strong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Strong 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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