Story History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Story family

The surname Story 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 Story family

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

Story Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Story 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 Story Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Story family to Ireland

Some of the Story 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 Story migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Story Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elias Story, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [3]
  • Ellen Story, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [3]
  • Augustine Story, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638 [3]
  • George Story, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1643 [3]
  • William Story, who arrived in Virginia in 1645 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Story Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Story, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Hannah Story, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Anne Story, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [3]
  • Thomas W Story, who arrived in New York in 1797 [3]
  • Ephram Story, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [3]
Story Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Story, aged 16, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Ben Story, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Andrew Story, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [3]
  • Lieut. Story, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [3]
  • James V Story, who landed in New York in 1826 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Story migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Story Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ralph Story, who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • Sara Witham Story, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Rev. George Story from Yorkshire settled as a schoolteacher in Carbonear, Newfoundland in 1872 [4]

Australia Story migration to Australia +

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

Story Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Story, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • William Story, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [6]
  • George Story, aged 24, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [7]
  • John Story, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

New Zealand Story 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:

Story Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Story, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Ethel Story, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Clara Story, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Catherione Story, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Story (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Story (1920-2006), American television and radio personality
  • Nelson Story Sr. (1838-1926), pioneer Montana entrepreneur, cattle rancher, miner and vigilante
  • Rick Story (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist
  • Timothy Kevin Story (b. 1970), African-American film director
  • Laura Story (b. 1978), American Contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter
  • William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), American sculptor, art critic, poet and editor
  • Joseph Story (1779-1845), American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Allyson Story, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2008 [8]
  • Albert L. Story, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956, 1960 [8]
  • Abbie Story, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952 [8]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. William R. Story (1955-1996), from Newport Beach, California, USA, American president and chief executive of insurance company flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Story +

  • 1644 Some Ancestors and Descendants of Joseph Rudd Jr., 1740-1818 and his Wife, Sarah Story, 1744-1842, of Bennington, Vermont by Dorothy Rudd DuMond.

  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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