Stenhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Stenhouse. It is a name for someone who lived in the old barony of Stenhouse, which was in the parish of Larbert in the county of Stirling.
Early Origins of the Stenhouse family
The surname Stenhouse was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Stenhouse family
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Stenhouse Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Stenhouse include Stenhouse, Stanhouse and others.
Early Notables of the Stenhouse family (pre 1700)
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Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Stenhouse:
Stenhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Stenhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Stenhouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stenhouse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Stenhouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Stenhouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Fortis et fidelis
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.