Origins Available: English
The origins of the Stould name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family 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 Stould alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stould 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 Stould family
The surname Stould 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 Stould family
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Stould Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stould were recorded, including Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.
Early Notables of the Stould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stould family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Stould family emigrate to North America: 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.