Stenwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stenwick family

The surname Stenwick was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Stanwick, a parish just outside Carlisle. There is another Stanwick in Northamptonshire and no doubt, the two are related. In this later case, Stanwick dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Stanwige and later in the 10th century as Stanwigga. The name literally means "the rocking of logan-stone" derived from the Old English words "stan" + "wigga." [1] Stanwick Hall still stands today and it is believed to have been built in the 17th century. Moving further north, Stanwick St John is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire and today is the site of the Stanwick Iron Age Fortifications, a huge Iron Age hill fort comprising over 9 kilometers (6 miles) of ditches and ramparts. Alia Stenweghe was under tenant of Count Alan of Brettagne, his liege Lord, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086. It is from this source that the surname is descended.

Early History of the Stenwick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stenwick research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1670, 1725, 1714, 1720, 1690, 1766, 1739, 1741, 1745, 1752, 1763, 1741, 1742, 1746, 1761, 1766, 1608, 1656, 1758 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Stenwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stenwick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stanwick, Stanwix, Stanwicks, Stenwick and others.

Early Notables of the Stenwick family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Brigadier General Thomas Stanwix (1670-1725), a British Army officer, politician and Governor of Gibraltar (711-1720.) He was also Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1714 until 1720. He left his estates in Carlisle and Middlesex to his wife, and on her death to his nephew John Roos, on condition that he assumed the surname of Stanwix. John Stanwix (c. 1690-1766), born John Roos, in Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire, inherited the estates of his uncle Thomas Stanwix, and adopted the name of Stanwix. He entered the army and rose to become Captain of the grenadiers in...
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stenwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stenwick family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nathaniel Standerwick, who came to America in 1685; John Stanwix, who came to Philadelphia in 1756; William Standerwick, who settled in New York in 1806.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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