Show ContentsStopford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stopford was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Stopford family lived in Cheshire, at Stockport.

Early Origins of the Stopford family

The surname Stopford was first found in Cheshire where Sir Robert of Stockport was a Norman noble, son of Robert Fitz-Waltheof, Lord of Etchells, who was a tenant of the Baron of Dunham Massey. "The manor [at Etchells] was anciently in the Stockports, from whom it passed by female heirs to the Aldernes and Stanleys." [1]

Over in Bootle, Lancashire the Stockport family one half of the manor with the Beetham family. "The Stockport family held the other half, and appear to have secured a share of the plough-lands. In 1275 Ellen, widow of Robert de Stockport, claimed against Roger de Stockport dower in a messuage, six oxgangs of land, 60 acres of meadow, in Bootle. However, this holding was short lived as The Stockport share was transferred before 1292 to Robert de Byron." [2]

Early History of the Stopford family

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Stopford 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. Stopford has been recorded under many different variations, including Stockport, Stopfort, Stopford and others.

Early Notables of the Stopford family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Stopford family to Ireland

Some of the Stopford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Stopford migration to the United States +

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. Stopfords were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Stopford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Stopford, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Stopford (post 1700) +

  • James Stopford (d. 1759), English prelate, Bishop of Cloyne, born in London, the son of Joseph Stopford, a captain in the English army
  • Sir Montagu Stopford (1798-1864), British officer in the Royal Navy, youngest son of James Stopford, 3rd Earl of Courtown, Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard 1855–1858
  • Sir Robert Stopford (1768-1847), British admiral, third son of James Stopford, second earl of Courtown
  • Sir Edward Stopford GCB (1766-1837), Anglo-Irish soldier and politician
  • General Sir Montagu George North Stopford GCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1892-1971), British Lieutenant General during the Second World War and Commander-in-Chief of the South East Asia Command from 1946 to 1947
  • Rear Admiral Frederick Victor Stopford, Commander of the Order of Orange, Nassau
  • Edward Kennedy Stopford, Assistant Under Secretary, Ministry of Defence
  • Sir Robert Wright Stopford KCVO, CBE (1901-1976), former Bishop of London
  • William Stopford Kenny (1788-1867), English compiler of educational works from Fitzroy Square, London
  • Stopford Augustus Brooke (1832-1916), Irish clergyman and author

The Stopford 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: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017]. on Facebook