Stoue is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of the many English places called Stow. However, in Worcestershire
, the Old English word stow,
which means place,
or more specifically, holy place,
was retained as part of the common vocabulary of Old English. Experts theorize that in this county, the surname Stoue alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stoue belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Stoue family
The surname Stoue was first found in Cambridgeshire
. Although the name has long existed as both a place and personal name
in various counties, including Cambridgeshire
, and Suffolk
. Stow Fair was a medieval fair inaugurated in 1233 and held on the 23rd of June each year at a place now called Stow Green Hill in Lincolnshire
. The fair continued through the centuries until 1954. Stowe or Stow is also a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England
. One branch of the family was found at Bedingham in Norfolk
. "The church [of Bedingham] consists of a nave, chancel, and aisles, with a chapel at the east end of each aisle, and a circular tower the upper part of which is octagonal; the font is curiously sculptured, and in the chancel are some handsome monuments to the Stow family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Stoue family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stoue research.Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1315, 1602, 1601, 1525, 1605, 1793 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Stoue History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stoue Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Stoue family name include Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.
Early Notables of the Stoue family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stoue family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Stoue surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Abraham Stow, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1775; Benjamin Stow, who was one of the first settlers of South Carolina, arriving in 1678.