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Where did the Scottish Stith family come from? What is the Scottish Stith family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stith family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stith family history?

The Stith surname is generally thought to derive from the Middle English word "stott," meaning a "steer," or "bull." As such it was likely originally an occupational name for a cattleman, or perhaps a nickname. Some instances of the name in Scotland may have come from the Viking name Stoti, which likely arrived with the 9th century Norse colonization of Strathclyde and Aberdeenshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Stot, Stott and others.

First found in Yorkshire, but by the 15th century some of the family name had moved north to Aberdeenshire where Andrew Stott was a Burgess there in 1490. Later, Margaret Stote held a family seat in Dolphinstoun in Lanarkshire in 1675, and Alexander Stote held a family seat in Maynes in Balyeordie in Renfrewshire in 1689.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stith research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Stith History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Stith, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Geo Stith, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Stith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jno Stith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • William Stith, who landed in Virginia in 1731

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  • Charles Richard Stith (b. 1970), American author and editor; former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania
  • James H. Stith (b. 1941), American physicist
  • John E. Stith (b. 1947), American science fiction author


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The Stith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stith Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 September 2014 at 20:10.

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