Stoddart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family in an ancient Scottish tribe called the Boernician were the ancestors of the first to use Stoddart as a surname. It is a name for a breeder of horses. The name comes from the Old English terms stod, meaning a stud of horses, and hierde, which means herd. The name as a whole has a meaning of servant in charge of a stud.

Early Origins of the Stoddart family

The surname Stoddart was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Stoddart family

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Stoddart Spelling Variations

A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. Stoddart has been written Stoddart, Stoddard, Stodart, Stodhard, Stodhart, Stothert and many more.

Early Notables of the Stoddart family (pre 1700)

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United States Stoddart migration to the United States +

Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Stoddart arrived in North America very early:

Stoddart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Soloman Stoddart, who arrived in America in 1679 [1]
Stoddart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lawrence Stoddart, aged 24, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]
  • William Stoddart, who settled in Virginia in 1774
  • Lawrence Stoddart, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
Stoddart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Stoddart, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander Stoddart, aged 41, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [1]
  • L Stoddart, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Stoddart migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stoddart Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jessie Stoddart, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Stoddart migration to Australia +

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

Stoddart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Stoddart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [2]
  • Lawrence Stoddart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]
  • Mary Ann Stoddart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]
  • Thomas Stoddart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]
  • Mary Stoddart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Stoddart 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:

Stoddart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Stoddart, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Mr. Stoddart, British schoolmaster travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Mrs. Stoddart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Miss Rebecca Stoddart, (b. 1837), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [4]
  • Mr. Pringle F. Stoddart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Egidia" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1861 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stoddart (post 1700) +

  • William Lee Stoddart (1868-1940), American architect, best known for his hotels in the eastern United States
  • Thomas Tod Stoddart (1810-1880), Scottish angler and poet from Edinburgh, eldest son of Captain (afterwards Admiral) Pringle Stoddart, a descendant of the Stouthearts of Liddesdale and Ettrick
  • James Fraser Stoddart (b. 1942), Scottish chemist
  • Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856), English journalist, eldest son of John Stoddart, lieutenant in the royal navy, born at Salisbury
  • Colonel Charles Stoddart (1806-1842), British officer and diplomat, born at Ipswich, the son of Major Stephen Stoddart (1763–1812), of the 6th dragoons
  • Peter Laurence Bowring Stoddart (b. 1934), former English cricketer
  • David Alexander "Dave" Stoddart (1857-1942), Canadian businessman and politician in British Columbia
  • Wing Commander Sir Kenneth Maxwell Stoddart KCVO KStJ, AE, JP, LLD (1914-2008), English Battle of Britain Pilot from Liverpool
  • David Leonard Stoddart (b. 1926), M.P. Swindon, who was made Baron Stoddart of Swindon in 1983
  • Paul Stoddart (b. 1955), Australian millionaire
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Stoddart Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Post nubes lux
Motto Translation: After clouds light.


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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