Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Christopher, an ancient and popular personal name which has been popular for many years as literally, the name means 'Bearer of Christ'.
Early Origins of the Stopher family
Lancashire 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 Stopher family
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Stopher Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stopher include Christopher, Cristopher and others.
Early Notables of the Stopher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stopher family to Ireland
Some of the Stopher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Stopher family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Christopher Christopher, Geoffrey's brother, who settled in Nantucket in 1630; William and Katherine Christopher who arrived in Barbados in 1679 with their servants.
Contemporary Notables of the name Stopher (post 1700)
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