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Early Origins of the Storie family

The surname Storie 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]

The variant Stary dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where the original name Stari was recorded in Suffolk. [3] Later, John Starie was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275. In this case, the name may from the Old Norse name Stari, which was a nickname from stari, meaning "starling." [4]

Early History of the Storie family

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

Storie Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Storie 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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Storie Ranking

In the United States, the name Storie is the 14,466th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Storie family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Storie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Storie, who landed in New York in 1801 [6]
  • William Storie, who arrived in New York in 1801 [6]
  • John Storie, aged 29, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838 [6]

New Zealand Storie 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:

Storie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Storie, Scottish settler from Burnmouth travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [7]
  • Miss Jane Storie, Scottish settler from Glasgow travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Storie (post 1700) +

  • Howard Edward "Sponge" Storie (1911-1968), American Major League Baseball backup catcher who played 1931 to 1932 for the Boston Red Sox
  • Will R. Storie, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1928 [8]
  • Alastair Caleb Storie (b. 1965), Scottish former cricketer from Bishopbriggs
  • Jerry Thomas Storie (b. 1950), Canadian politician in Manitoba

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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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook