Stilwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stilwell family

The surname Stilwell 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 Stilwell family

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Stilwell Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Stilwell family (pre 1700)

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United States Stilwell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stilwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jasper Stilwell, who landed in Connecticut in 1650 [3]
  • Roger Stilwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [3]
Stilwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C W Stilwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • O B Stilwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [3]

Canada Stilwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stilwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ms. Mary Stilwell U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]

New Zealand Stilwell 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:

Stilwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William A. Stilwell, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Edward Stilwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Mary Stilwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Albert Stilwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Frank Stilwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stilwell (post 1700) +

  • Charles Stilwell, American inventor of the paper bag which he patented in 1883
  • Wilber Moore Stilwell (1908-1974), American artist
  • Simpson Everett Stilwell (1850-1903), United States Army Scout, Deputy U.S. Marshal and U.S. Commissioner in Oklahoma during the American Old West
  • Silas Moore Stilwell (1800-1881), American lawyer and politician
  • General Richard Giles Stilwell (1917-1991), Commander of the United States Forces Korea from 1973 to 1976
  • Frank C. Stilwell (1856-1882), American outlaw in the Old West
  • Arthur Stilwell (1859-1928), Kansas City Southern Railway founder
  • General Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946), United States Army four-star general best-known for his service in China [5]
  • Giles H. Stilwell, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 35th District, 1912 [6]
  • Florence Stilwell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1964 [6]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Joseph Stilwell. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Joseph Stilwell. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stilwell
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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