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

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Stockton is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Stockton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Stockton has been spelled many different ways, including Stockton, Stockden, Stockdon, Stogdon and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stockton research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1470, 1670, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Stockton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stockton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Stocktons to arrive in North America:

Stockton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonas Stockton and his son, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Jonas Stockton, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Timothey Stockton, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Timothee Stockton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Tho Stockton, aged 21, arrived in New England in 1635

Stockton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Stockton, who came to Virginia in 1703
  • Edmund Stockton, who settled in Jamaica in 1738
  • William Stockton, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1744

Stockton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J E Stockton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William Stockton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Y C Stockton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Robert Stockton (1795-1866), American naval officer, eponym of Stockton, California
  • David Knapp Stockton (b. 1941), American professional (PGA) golfer
  • John Houston Stockton (b. 1962), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • Frank R Stockton (1834-1902), American humorist and story writer
  • Richard Stockton (1730-1781), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • John Stockton, American basketball player
  • Mr. Alfred Stockton, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Marion, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • John R Stockton, Professor of Business Statistics at the University of Texas
  • Philip Stockton, Academy Award winning sound editor


  • The Estes Family of Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas and Their Ancestors-Yates, Marshall, Stockton by Lucille Alexander.
  • Families and Kin of Elias Stockton, Moses, Dickey, and James Upchurch, Cherokee County, Texas, Pioneers by Mae Gean Pettit.
  • A House Called Morven by Alfred Hoyt Bill.

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The Stockton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stockton 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.

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