Stockwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Stockwell is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Stockwell family once lived in either of the settlements called Stockwell in Surrey or Somerset, or near any footbridge over a stream. The surname Stockwell is derived from the Old English words stocc and wiella, and it belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Stockwell family

The surname Stockwell was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Lambeth, a suburb of London, from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Stockwell family

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Stockwell Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Stockwell family name include Stockwell, Stokewell, Stokwell and others.

Early Notables of the Stockwell family (pre 1700)

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United States Stockwell migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Stockwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Stockwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriell Stockwell who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Gabriell Stockwell, aged 16, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 [1]
  • Marg and Rose Stockwell, who settled in Virginia in 1650 and 1653 respectively
  • Rose Stockwell, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Marg Stockwell, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stockwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Stockwell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • William Stockwell, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • William Stockwell, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Stockwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Stockwell, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • E R Stockwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Stockwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stockwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Cpl. John Stockwell Sr., U.E.(, Johns) who settled in Colchester [Essex], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

New Zealand Stockwell 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:

Stockwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stockwell, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Stockwell (post 1700) +

  • Melissa Stockwell (b. 1980), American three-time gold medalist, two-time Paralympian and former U.S. Army officer
  • Harry Bayless Stockwell (1902-1984), American actor and singer, father of actors Dean Stockwell and Guy Stockwell
  • Guy Harry Stockwell (1934-2002), American actor who appeared in 30 movies and 250 television series
  • Dean Stockwell (b. 1936), American Academy Award nominated actor, who began his acting career at age 7, best known for his role as Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in the 1989–1993 television series Quantum Leap
  • Michael Thomas "Mick" Stockwell (b. 1965), English former professional football midfielder and manager
  • Sir Hugh Charles Stockwell (1903-1986), English General, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1960-1964)
  • Air Vice Marshal Peter James Stockwell ONZM, AFC, retired senior Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) commander and former Chief of Air Force
  • Jack Stockwell (b. 1992), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Chris Stockwell (1957-2018), Canadian politician, 36th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1996-1999)
  • Brigadier Cecil Valentine Stockwell (1886-1982), Canadian District Officer Commanding 11th Military District [3]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Stockwell +

  • 4878 "The Stockwell Family" by Irene Dixon Stockwell, "The Stockwell Genealogy" by Mabel Stockwell Kennedy.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Cecil Stockwell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Stockwell/Cecil_Valentine/Canada.html


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