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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Stoneman. 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 Stoneman 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 Stoneman is a local type of surname and the Stoneman family lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word stan, meaning stone, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent stone.

Stoneman Early Origins



The surname Stoneman 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.

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Stoneman Spelling Variations


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Stoneman 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.

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Stoneman Early History


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Stoneman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoneman 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 Stoneman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stoneman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stoneman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stoneman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stoneman In Ireland


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Stoneman In Ireland



Some of the Stoneman 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Stoneman were

Stoneman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Stoneman, aged 21, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1899

Stoneman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Stoneman, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1906
  • Guy Stoneman, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from St. Stephens, England, in 1906
  • Frederick Stoneman, aged 20, who landed in America from Millon, England, in 1909
  • David Stoneman, aged 12, who landed in America from Wakefield, England, in 1910
  • Edgar R. Stoneman, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Cheltenham, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stoneman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles Stoneman, aged 33, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1919
  • Ethel Stoneman, aged 21, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1919
  • Ada Stoneman, aged 29, who emigrated to Ontario, Canada, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stoneman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stoneman (post 1700)



  • Veronica Loretta "Roni" Stoneman (b. 1938), American bluegrass banjo player
  • George Stoneman Jr. (1822-1894), American politician, 15th Governor of California between 1883 and 1887
  • Ernest Van Stoneman (1893-1968), American recording artist
  • William Hambly "Bill" Stoneman III (b. 1944), former American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • George A. Stoneman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1898-99 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George Stoneman (1822-1894), American Democrat politician, General in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of California, 1883-87 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David Stoneman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dean Colin Stoneman (b. 1990), British racing driver, Formula Two champion

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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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever


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Citations


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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Stoneman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stoneman 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.

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