Bavaria. Stocum is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Stocum is a name for a for a person who was extremely determined. The name Stocum is derived from the German word "stoc," which meant "stubborn." The name was also of local origin and it referred to a person who resided near an unusual tree. In this instance, the name is also derived from the word "stoc," which also referred to the stem or trunk of a tree.
Early Origins of the Stocum family
feudal society which shaped the development of Europe. The name Stock became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the widespread tribal and national conflicts, each group striving for power and status in a continually changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Stocum family
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Stocum Spelling Variations
Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Stocum include Stock, Stocken, Stocker, Stok, Stocks, Stokel, Stocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Stocum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stocum family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Stocums to arrive in North America, and among them were: Garrett Stock, who settled in Maryland in 1674; Alice Stocker arrived in Maryland between 1675 and 1680; Johan Henrig Stok sailed to New York City in 1709.
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