Storrs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Storrs family

The surname Storrs 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 Storrs family

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

Storrs Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Storrs 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...
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Storrs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Storrs family to Ireland

Some of the Storrs 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 Storrs migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Storrs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bennett Storrs, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [3]
  • Samuel Storrs, who arrived in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1663 [3]
Storrs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Storrs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Alred Storrs, who arrived in Colorado in 1888 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Storrs (post 1700) +

  • John Storrs, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1808-12, 1814-15, 1819-20 [4]
  • Hiram E. Storrs, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1846 [4]
  • Henry Randolph Storrs (1787-1837), American politician, Representative from New York, 1817-21, 1823-31; State Court Judge in New York, 1825 [4]
  • Heman Storrs, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Mansfield, 1821 [4]
  • Emory A. Storrs, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1868, 1880 [4]
  • Clark W. Storrs, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 2nd District, 1952 [4]
  • Charles B. Storrs, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1894-95 [4]
  • Carlos H. Storrs (b. 1865), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ansonia, 1913-14, 1921-22 [4]
  • Benjamin P. Storrs, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire; Elected 1922 [4]
  • Augustus Storrs, American politician, U.S. Consul in Santa Fe, 1825-30 [4]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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