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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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The surname Stith was 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stith research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1656 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Stith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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

  • John Stith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • William Stith, who landed in Virginia in 1731
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  • William Stith (1707-1755), American historian, the 3rd President of The College of William & Mary
  • Laura Denvir Stith (b. 1953), American jurist, judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri (2001-)
  • John E. Stith (b. 1947), American science fiction and mystery author
  • Bryant Lamonica Stith (b. 1970), retired American professional NBA basketball player, current assistant coach at Old Dominion University
  • Dr. James H. Stith (b. 1941), American physicist, named one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science in 2004
  • Charles Richard Stith (b. 1970), American author and editor, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania (1998-2001)
  • Lue Terry Stith, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • Leah Stith, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996
  • Gerald Stith, American politician, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1858-60
  • Clark Stith, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 2008
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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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