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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stenhouse research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1278, 1447, and 1549 are included under the topic Early Stenhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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United States Stenhouse migration to the United States +

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
  • C. Stenhouse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1740
Stenhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Stenhouse, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1893
Stenhouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Stenhouse, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Crossgate, Scotland, in 1904
  • Jeanie Stenhouse, aged 0, who landed in America from Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1904
  • A. W. Stenhouse, aged 8, who immigrated to America from Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1904
  • Alice Stenhouse, aged 34, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Andrew Stenhouse, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Stenhouse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stenhouse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alexander T. Stenhouse, aged 23, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1914

Australia Stenhouse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Stenhouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mowbray Stenhouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camoena" in 1843 [1]

New Zealand Stenhouse migration to New Zealand +

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
  • Mr. James Stenhouse, Scottish settler from Haddington travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [2]
  • Mrs. Stenhouse, Scottish settler from Haddington travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [2]
  • Mr. James Stenhouse, Scottish settler from Alloa travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [2]
  • Mrs. Stenhouse, Scottish settler from Alloa with 2 sons and 2 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [2]
  • Miss Elison Stenhouse, (b. 1853), aged 24, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stenhouse (post 1700) +

  • David Rotchford Stenhouse (b. 1933), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Michael Steven Stenhouse (b. 1958), American former Major League Baseball outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (b. 1987), American NASCAR driver, 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, 2011 Nationwide Series champion
  • Thomas B. H. Stenhouse, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Salt Lake City, Utah, 1862-66 [4]
  • William Stenhouse (1773-1827), Scottish antiquary, born in Roxburghshire
  • John Stenhouse FRS FRSE FIC FCS (1809-1880), Scottish chemist, inventor of the first practical respirators in 1854, co-founder of the Chemical Society in 1841
  • Alexander "Alex" Stenhouse (1910-1992), Scottish-born, New Zealand footballer for the All Whites
  • Joseph Russell Stenhouse DSO, OBE, DSC (1887-1941), Scottish-born seaman, Royal Navy Officer and Antarctic navigator, eponym of Stenhouse Bluff and Stenhouse Glacier, Antarctica
  • Thomas Brown Holmes Stenhouse (1825-1882), Scottish-born, early Mormon pioneer and missionary who later became a Godbeite
  • Mr. Justin George Edward Stenhouse M.B.E., British Lieutenant Colonel for D.S.O. for 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [5]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Stenhouse Motto +

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.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAMOENA 1843. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1843Camoena.gif
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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