Show ContentsStothard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Concerning "the origin of this name there is a tradition, that the first of the family came over with William the Conqueror, as standard-bearer to Viscompte De Pulesdon, a noble Norman, and that the name is derived from the office of a standard-bearer, and was anciently written De La Standard, corrupted to Stodard or Stodart." [1]

Other sources note the name was an occupational name for a "horse-keeper" from the Old English ‘stud (of horses)’ and hlerde ‘herd.’ [2] [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Stothard family

The surname Stothard was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Vlfus Stodhyrda was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. A few years later, Geoffrey Stodhurd was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1219. Later again, John the Stodhirde was found in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286 and Richard le Stodehard was found in Yorkshire in 1332. Thomas Stoderd and John Stodard were both listed as Freemen of York in 1481 and 1482 respectively. [4]

Early History of the Stothard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stothard research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1568, 1750, 1755, 1765, 1770, 1773, 1779, 1780, 1790, 1791, 1794, 1796, 1798, 1801, 1803, 1807, 1812, 1816, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1834, 1836, 1839, 1846, 1853, 1856, 1872, 1879 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Stothard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stothard Spelling Variations

Stoddart, Stoddard, Stodart, Stodhard, Stodhart, Stothert, Stodird

Early Notables of the Stothard family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856), English journalist, eldest son of John Stoddart, lieutenant in the Royal Navy, born at Salisbury on 6 Feb. 1773. He was educated at Salisbury grammar school, and matriculated on 25 Oct. 1790 from Christ Church, Oxford, where he was elected a student in 1791, and graduated B.A. in 1794, B.C.L. in 1798, and D.C.L. in 1801. He was admitted a member of the College of Advocates in 1801, and from 1803 to 1807 he was the king's and the admiralty advocate at Malta. Returning to England...
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United States Stothard migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stothard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William J. Stothard, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Stothard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maud Stothard, aged 23, who landed in America from Durham, England, in 1911
  • Austin Stothard, aged 21, who landed in America from Durham, England, in 1911
  • Donald Stothard, aged 2, who settled in America from Scarborough, England, in 1912
  • Florrie Stothard, aged 30, who landed in America from Scarborough, England, in 1912
  • Swinhoe Benjamin Stothard, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Sunderland, England, in 1914
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Canada Stothard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stothard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Thomas G. Stothard, aged 54, who immigrated to Victoria, Canada, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Stothard (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), English painter, illustrator and engraver, born at the Black Horse Inn, Long Acre, London, on 17 Aug. 1755
  • Charles Alfred Stothard (1786-1821), English antiquarian draughtsman, born in London on 5 July 1786, the second son of Thomas Stothard
  • Anna Stothard (b. 1983), British novelist, journalist and screenwriter
  • James Charles "Hamish" Stothard (b. 1913), Scottish athlete who competed in the 1934 British Empire Games
  • David Stothard (b. 1937), former Canadian national soccer team player
  • Sir Peter Stothard (b. 1951), British newspaper editor


  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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