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The name Stoke was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Stoke family lived in Pembrokeshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Stock, near Caen, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Stoke Early Origins



The surname Stoke was first found in Pembrokeshire where they held a family seat from early times. One of the first records of the names was Saint Simon Stock ( c. 1165-1265), an English saint who was probably born in Aylesford England. In a vision, The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and gave him the Carmelite habit, the Brown Scapular and promised that those who die wearing it will be saved.

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Stoke Spelling Variations


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Stoke Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Stoke has been recorded under many different variations, including Stoke, Stokes, Stoaks, Stocks and others.

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Stoke Early History


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Stoke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoke research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1220, 1569 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Stoke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stoke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stoke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stoke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stoke In Ireland


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Stoke In Ireland



Some of the Stoke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Stokes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Stoke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Stoke, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • John Stoke, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Stoke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Stoke, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1894
  • John W. Stoke, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Moritz Stoke, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1897

Stoke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry A. Stoke, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Mrs. E. F. Stoke, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • E. F. Stoke, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Frederick George Stoke, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Beckenham, England, in 1912
  • Thomas Stoke, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stoke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stoke (post 1700)



  • Maurice Stoke (1933-1970), American professional basketball player in the 1950s
  • Louis Stoke (b. 1925), American Democratic politician from Ohio
  • Steven Stoke, American movie production manager and producer
  • Francis Martin Stoke (1902-1979), English novelist, biographer and playwright
  • Gerard James Stoke, New Zealand rugby league coach and former player
  • Kerry Matthew Stoke (b. 1940), Australian businessman
  • Mathew Stoke (b. 1984), Australian rules footballer
  • Anthony Stoke (b. 1988), Irish professional footballer

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Motto


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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: Fortis qui insons
Motto Translation: Innocent fortune.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Stoke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stoke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 January 2014 at 08:32.

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