Stillwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stillwell family

The surname Stillwell was first found in Surrey where the family name was first referenced in the year 1324, when William Stilewell was listed in the Feet of Fines. [1] The name literally means 'Dweller by the quiet stream', from the Old English stille,+ wiella. [1] Another source give a slightly different meaning "dweller at the spring where the water flowed continuously." [2]

Early History of the Stillwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stillwell research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Stillwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stillwell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stillwell, Stilwell, Stylewell, Stylwell, Styllwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Stillwell family (pre 1700)

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United States Stillwell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stillwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Stillwell, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
Stillwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret M Stillwell, who landed in Arkansas in 1893 [3]

Canada Stillwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stillwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ms. Leanah Stillwell U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Stillwell U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Private. John Stillwell U.E., (Stilwell) who settled in Canada c. 1784 he served in the Queens Rangers [4]
  • Mr. Daniel Stillwell U.E. (b. 1756) who settled in Grand Lake, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1842 [4]

Australia Stillwell migration to Australia +

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

Stillwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Stillwell, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [5]
  • William Stillwell, aged 30, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [5]
  • Ellan Stillwell, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [5]
  • Charles Stillwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [6]

New Zealand Stillwell 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:

Stillwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Stillwell, (b. 1859), aged 3 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Stillwell, (b. 1831), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • Miss Ellen Stillwell, (b. 1839), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • Miss Emma Stillwell, (b. 1853), aged 6, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • Miss Ellen Stillwell, (b. 1854), aged 5, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stillwell (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Roy Stillwell (1939-2016), American Major League Baseball player for the Washington Senators (1961-1962)
  • Eric Stillwell (b. 1962), American producer and writer that has worked on a number of television series, made-for-television movies, and motion pictures, including numerous Star Trek series and motion pictures
  • Natasha Stillwell (b. 1972), American television reporter
  • John Stillwell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1824 [8]
  • Jan Stillwell, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Fremont, California, 1982 [8]
  • Jacques J. Stillwell (1827-1884), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1881-82 [8]
  • Jack Charles Stillwell, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1968 [8]
  • Hamlin Stillwell, American politician, Mayor of Rochester, New York, 1852 [8]
  • Gwendoline Stillwell (b. 1922), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1984, 1990; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984 [8]
  • Frederick H. Stillwell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916 [8]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George William Stillwell, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Stillwell +

  • 3558 "Stillwell Heritage in Arkansas, 1798-1976" by Robert Will-Fred Dhonau, " Ash, Ashe, Stillwell" by John Reid Ashe.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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