name Stokdon comes from the family having resided in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements called Stockton are found in Cheshire
, 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 Stokdon belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Stokdon family
The surname Stokdon was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Stocking Abbey was an abbey in North Yorkshire
Early History of the Stokdon family
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Stokdon Spelling Variations
Stokdon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Stockton, Stockden, Stockdon, Stogdon, Stocking and others.
Early Notables of the Stokdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stokdon family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stokdons to arrive on North American shores: Jonas Stockton and his son, who arrived in Virginia in 1620, the same year as the "Mayflower"; Timothey Stockton, who arrived in Virginia in 1620.