Stoughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Stoughton surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of several places, such as Stoughton in Leicestershire, Surrey, and Sussex. These place names derive from the Old English "stoc," meaning "dependent settlement" and " tun," meaning and "enclosed settlement."
Early Origins of the Stoughton family
The surname Stoughton was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Stoughton family
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Stoughton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Stoughton, Stoctun and others.
Early Notables of the Stoughton family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Nicholas Stoughton (1635-1686), 1st Baronet of Stoughton in the County of Surrey; Sir Laurence Stoughton, 2nd Baronet (1668-1692); Nicholas Stoughton (1592-1648), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Guildford (1624) and (1645-1648); Thomas Stoughton (1521-1576), of Stoughton, Surrey and West Stoke, Sussex, an English politician; William Stoughton, an English 16th century author and politician who sat in Parliament from 1584 to 1585, best known for his 'An...
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In the United States, the name Stoughton is the 12,508th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Stoughton family to Ireland
Some of the Stoughton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stoughton migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stoughton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Stoughton, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 
- Israel Stoughton (1603-1664) and his wife Elizabeth, who arrived in Boston on the aboard the "Mary & John" and were on record in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1632
- William Stoughton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1650 
Stoughton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Stoughton, who settled in Maryland in 1718
- Thomas Stoughton, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1719
- Thomas B Stoughton, who arrived in New York in 1784 
Stoughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H S Stoughton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- J W Stoughton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Stoughton migration to West Indies +
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Stoughton Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
- Thomas Stoughton, who settled in Jamaica in 1717
Contemporary Notables of the name Stoughton (post 1700) +
- Edwin Henry Stoughton (1838-1868), American brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
- Cecil W. Stoughton (b. 1920), American photographer, best known for his Kennedy pictures
- William Lewis Stoughton (1827-1888), American lawyer and a politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan
- Charles Bradley Stoughton (1841-1898), American soldier, regiment commander, made a Brigadier General in 1865
- William Lewis Stoughton (1827-1888), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Michigan State Attorney General, 1867-68; U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1869-73 
- Lemuel Stoughton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1865-66; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor; Elected 1904 
- John W. Stoughton, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1845, 1860, 1873 
- John Stoughton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County, 1839 
- Henry E. Stoughton, American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Attorney for Vermont, 1857-60; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1860 
- Frank Stoughton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethlehem; Elected 1904 
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The Stoughton Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hoc signum non onus sed honor
Motto Translation: This banner is no burden, but an honor.
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- ^ 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)
- ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html