, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Stonecypher. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Stonecypher family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames
were adopted in medieval England
is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Stonecypher is a local
type of surname and the Stonecypher family lived in Cornwall
. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word stan,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent stone.
Early Origins of the Stonecypher family
The surname Stonecypher was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Stonecypher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stonecypher research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1651, 1639, 1602, 1663, 1633, 1743 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Stonecypher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stonecypher Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Stone, Stoan and others.
Early Notables of the Stonecypher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stonecypher family to Ireland
Some of the Stonecypher family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stonecypher family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Stonecypher were Mrs Stone, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633; Andrew Stone, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Ann Stone, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Stonecypher (post 1700)
- Tom Stonecypher, American co-developer of the Xinu operating system in 1986
- Ann Marie Stonecypher, American actress and talent agent, known for Impossible Choice (2012)
- Samuel Stonecypher, American landowner of the Nolichucky Settlement, Greene County, Tennessee in 1824 which would later become known as the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
The Stonecypher 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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever