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Concerning "the origin of this name there is a tradition, that the first of the family came over with William the Conqueror, as standard-bearer to Viscompte De Pulesdon, a noble Norman, and that the name is derived from the office of a standard-bearer, and was anciently written De La Standard, corrupted to Stodard or Stodart." [1]

Other sources note the name was an occupational name for a "horse-keeper" from the Old English ‘stud (of horses)’ and hlerde ‘herd.’ [2] [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Stodart family

The surname Stodart was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Vlfus Stodhyrda was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. A few years later, Geoffrey Stodhurd was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1219. Later again, John the Stodhirde was found in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286 and Richard le Stodehard was found in Yorkshire in 1332. Thomas Stoderd and John Stodard were both listed as Freemen of York in 1481 and 1482 respectively. [4]

Early History of the Stodart family

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Stodart Spelling Variations

Stoddart, Stoddard, Stodart, Stodhard, Stodhart, Stothert, Stodird

Early Notables of the Stodart family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856), English journalist, eldest son of John Stoddart, lieutenant in the Royal Navy, born at Salisbury on 6 Feb. 1773. He was educated at Salisbury grammar school, and matriculated on 25 Oct. 1790 from Christ Church, Oxford, where he was elected a student in 1791, and graduated B.A. in 1794, B.C.L. in 1798, and D.C.L. in 1801. He was admitted a member of the College of Advocates in 1801, and from 1803 to 1807 he was the king's and the admiralty advocate at Malta. Returning to England...
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United States Stodart migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stodart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Stodart, who arrived in America in 1795 [5]
Stodart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Stodart, who landed in New York in 1830 [5]
  • Marion Stodart, who arrived in America in 1830 [5]

Canada Stodart migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stodart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Stodart U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Goldsmith [6]

Australia Stodart migration to Australia +

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

Stodart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Stodart, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stodart (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier Robert Mackay Stodart (1879-1956), Australian Commanding Officer 1st Australian Cavalry Brigade from 1933 to 1939 [8]
  • William Swan Stodart, New Zealand rower who won a bronze medal at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • James Anthony Stodart (1916-2003), Baron Stodart of Leaston, Scottish politician, MP for Edinburgh West (1959-1974)
  • Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer (1864-1929), Scottish architect and furniture designer noted for his restorations of historic houses and castles, son of James Lorimer

  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Robert Stodart. Retrieved from on Facebook