Show ContentsStickland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stickland reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Stickland family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stickland family lived in Westmorland, at Great Strickland, a township in the parish of Morland, West ward and union. "This place takes its name from the ancient family of Strickland, who were lords of the manor, and resided here. " [1]

Little Strickland is "a township, in the chapelry of Thrimby, parish of Morland, West ward and union, county of Westmorland, 3 miles (N. E.) from Shap." [1]

Early Origins of the Stickland family

The surname Stickland was first found in Westmorland at Great Strickland or Little Strickland which dates back to the 12th century when it was named Stircland of Stirkland. [2] [3] The name is derived from the Old English words "stirc" + "land" and meant "cultivated land where young bullocks are kept." [4]

Strickland-Ketel and Strickland-Roger were located in the same county. "Descended from Walter de Stirkland, Knight, so called from the pasture-ground of the young cattle, called stirks or steers, in the parish of Morland, in this county; who was living in the reign of Henry III." [5]

The first record of the family was found here in the Pipe Rolls of 1193 where Vchtred de Stirclanda was listed. Later, William de Strikeland was listed in 1278 and later again, Walter

Strykland was listed in the Assize Rolls for London in 1442. [6]

The source Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. records William de Stirkelaunde, Westmorland, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward I). [3]

However, some of the family branched to Wintringham in East Riding of Yorkshire in early times. "This parish is situated on the river Derwent, and comprises 8480 acres, of which 5740 are in the township, and, with the exception of the large farm of Linton, exclusively the property of Sir George Strickland, Bart., who is lord of the manor. The living is a donative, in the patronage of Sir George Strickland: the church is in the early English style, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a tall and graceful spire." [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Robert de Strikland witnessed confirmation by Alexander filius Walteri of his father's gifts to the church of Paisley, 1239 and Robert de Stirkeland had protection for two years for going on the king of England's service beyond seas, 1370." [7]

Early History of the Stickland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stickland research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1200, 1419, 1400, 1366, 1380, 1415, 1600, 1671, 1621, 1694, 1419, 1400, 1419, 1598, 1596, 1673, 1665, 1724, 1686, 1735, 1640, 1717, 1685 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Stickland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stickland Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stickland include Strickland, Stirkland, Stickland and others.

Early Notables of the Stickland family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Walter Strickland of Sizergh Hall; Sir Robert Strickland of Sizergh (1600-1671), an English Member of Parliament for Westmorland; Sir Thomas Strickland of Sizergh (1621-1694), supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; William Strickland (died 1419), an English priest, Bishop of Carlisle (1400 to 1419); William Strickland (died 1598), English landowner and early explorer of...
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Stickland Ranking

In the United States, the name Stickland is the 17,534th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Stickland is ranked the 738th most popular surname with an estimated 58 people with that name. [9]

United States Stickland migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sticklands to arrive on North American shores:

Stickland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Stickland, who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
Stickland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Stickland, who landed in New York in 1822 [10]
  • Robert Stickland, who arrived in New York in 1822 [10]
  • William Stickland, who arrived in New York in 1822 [10]
  • Samuel Stickland, who landed in New York in 1832 [10]

Australia Stickland migration to Australia +

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

Stickland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Philip Stickland, (b. 1784), aged 19, British convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1816 [11]

New Zealand Stickland 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:

Stickland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stickland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [12]

West Indies Stickland migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
Stickland Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Stickland, who settled in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Stickland (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Stickland, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 92nd District; Elected 2012 [14]
  • Lee Stickland, retired New Zealand footballer

The Stickland 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: Sans mal
Motto Translation: Without evil.

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  8. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  10. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  11. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  12. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  14. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook