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The ancestry of the name Stocking dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements called Stockton are found in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Stockton Heath is in Cheshire, and Stockton on Tees is in Durham. Stockton on Teme is in Worcestershire, and Stockton on the Forest is in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Stocking belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Stocking family

The surname Stocking was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from ancient times. Stocking Abbey was an abbey in North Yorkshire

Early History of the Stocking family

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Stocking Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Stocking have been found, including Stockton, Stockden, Stockdon, Stogdon, Stocking and others.

Early Notables of the Stocking family

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Stockton, Lord Mayor of London in 1470.Owen Stockton (1630-1680), was an English Puritan divine, fourth son of Owen Stockton, prebendary of Chester Cathedral, born...
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Stocking Ranking

In the United States, the name Stocking is the 15,651st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Stocking migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Stocking, or a variant listed above:

Stocking Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Stocking, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin", bound for Cambridge [2]
Stocking Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Stocking, aged 20, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Minn" in 1855 [3]
  • Fred Stocking, aged 18, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Rhynland" in 1883 [3]
  • Otto Stocking, aged 19, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Schiedam" in 1886 [3]
  • Ben Stocking, aged 25, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Wisconsin" in 1889 [3]

Australia Stocking migration to Australia +

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

Stocking Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stocking, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [4]
  • John Stocking, English Convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stocking (post 1700) +

  • George W. Stocking Jr. (1928-2013), German-born American scholar, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago
  • George W. Stocking Sr. (1892-1975), American economist, Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1926 to 1947
  • Robert McD. Stocking, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Quebec City, 1897 [6]
  • Omar Stocking, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 68th District, 1978 [6]
  • Jonathan Stocking (1797-1835), American politician, Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, 1831-34 [6]
  • Frank S. Stocking, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Quebec City, 1905 [6]
  • Dave Stocking, British founding member of Workers' Power
  • Dame Barbara Mary Stocking DBE (b. 1951), British public servant and the former Chief Executive of Oxfam GB
  • Dr. Evelyn Stocking Crosslin (1919-1991), born Evelyn Stocking, an American physician who was posthumously inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1995

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Stanley Aaron Archibald Stocking, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [7]

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  2. 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)
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 9th February 2023. Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved
  5. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  7. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook