Storey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Storey family

The surname Storey was first found in Northumberland where they were said to be descended from an ancient line of Viking settlers of knightly degree and with episcopal rank. Roughly translated from the Viking records the name means "dweller by large and rough water". They moved north into Renfrewshire, Scotland and acquired considerable estates. In Scotland, William Storie was a charter witness in Dundee in 1281. Walter Stori was canon of Aberdeen in 1320 and Adam Story was one of 'burgenses rure manentes in Aberdeen, 1317. [1]

A few years later, in England, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 revealed Thomas Storre; Johannes Storre; and Roger Storre as all holding lands there at that time. "Storey is still among the most familiar of Yorkshire names, but it has become, of necessity, mixed with Storer, which also is well established in that county." [2]

Early History of the Storey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Storey research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1603, 1554, 1576, 1642, 1700, 1503, 1468, 1477, 1477, 1503, 1504, 1571, 1571, 1569, 1664, 1721, 1691 and are included under the topic Early Storey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Storey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Storie, Storey, Sturye, De Stury, Storrie, Story and many more.

Early Notables of the Storey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Edward Story or Storey (died 1503), English priest, Bishop of Carlisle, 1468-1477, and Bishop of Chichester, 1477-1503; and Blessed John Story (or Storey) (1504-1571), English Roman Catholic martyr. He may have been a member of the family of that name settled in Northumberland and Durham. "Story was indicted in Westminster Hall on 26 May 1571 with Christopher and Francis Norton and Christopher Neville. He was accused of having incited Alva to invade England, and of having...
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Ireland Migration of the Storey family to Ireland

Some of the Storey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Storey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Storey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Storey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • William Storey, aged 23, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [3]
  • Jonas Storey, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [3]
  • John Storey, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [3]
  • Robert Storey, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Storey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Storey, who settled in Georgia in 1734
  • George Storey, aged 20, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [3]
  • Alexander Storey, who landed in America in 1795 [3]
Storey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Storey, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Elizabeth Storey, aged 47, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Ben Storey, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Benjamin Storey, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Andrew Storey, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Storey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Storey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Storey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Storey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Storey, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • William Storey, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1843 [4]
  • Ms. Ellen Storey, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lillias" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [5]
  • Mr. William Storey, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 13th June 1847 but he died on board [6]
  • Mr. William Storey who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Storey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Storey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Storey, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Joseph Storey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [8]
  • Charles Storey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [8]

New Zealand Storey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Storey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Leonard Storey, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Charles J. Storey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Kenilworth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd May 1857 [9]
  • Mr. William Storey, (b. 1842), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]
  • Walter Storey, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Mrs. Ann Storey, (b. 1839), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Storey (post 1700) +

  • Marcus Lorenzo Storey (b. 1982), American soccer forward
  • Edward Farris Storey (1829-1860), American settler, eponym of Storey County, Nevada
  • Awvee Storey (b. 1977), American professional NBA basketball player
  • William Benson Storey Jr. (1857-1940), the fifteenth president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
  • George B. Storey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940, 1944, 1948; Chair of Tazewell County Republican Party, 1950 [10]
  • Garnet V. Storey, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Carl Junction, Missouri, 1948-49 [10]
  • E. A. Storey, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Geneva, 1897 [10]
  • Cecil Storey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [10]
  • Bob Storey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1972 [10]
  • Bert J. Storey (1880-1958), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ionia County, 1939-50; Member of Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1955-58 [10]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Phyllis May Storey (1921-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Mt. Wellington, East Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [11]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Jeanie  Storey (1866-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. J Storey, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Storey, British Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Storey (d. 1912), aged 51, English Third Class passenger from Liverpool, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [14]


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  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 56)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 96)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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