The name Stopes is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Stopes was a Norman name used for a a short or stocky person, having derived from the Old English word stybb,
of the same meaning. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Stopes family
The surname Stopes was first found in Staffordshire
where they were granted lands at Water-Eaton and Bloxwich by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. There are elaborate accounts of this family's descent from Belmeis or Beaumeis from Beaumeis-Sur-Dive from Calvados in Normandy
through Richard Belmeis, the founder of the family, who was a follower of Roger de Montogomery who was Sheriff of Shropshire
and later Bishop of London, about 1100.
Early History of the Stopes family
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Stopes Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Stubbs, Stubs, Stubbes, Stubb, Stubbe and others.
Early Notables of the Stopes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stopes family to Ireland
Some of the Stopes 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 Stopes family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Stopes name or one of its variants: John Stubb who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; Mr. Stubbe, his wife and five children settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792; Daniell and Hontford Stubbs settled in Virginia in 1637.
The Stopes 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: Cedant arma labori
Motto Translation: Let arms give place to labour