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Stout 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 Stout alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stout 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.


The surname Stout was first found in Cambridgeshire. Although the name has long existed as both a place and personal name in various counties, including Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, 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." [1]

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 Stout family name include Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stout 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 Stout History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stout Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Stout surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Stout Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Stout, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Stout, who arrived in New York in 1643
  • Roger Stout, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Stephen Stout, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • Mary Stout, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Stout Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susan Stout, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Stout, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Johan Michael Stout, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johannes Stout, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Adam Stout, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1737

Stout Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Stout, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hester Stout, aged 26, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Philip H Stout, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • John Frederick Stout, aged 34, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • J H Stout, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Stout Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Stout, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Stout Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Stout, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Sophia Stout, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Sophia Stout, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851

Stout Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Stout arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857


  • William Bushnell Stout (1880-1956), American inventor, designer of automobiles and aircraft, executive at the Ford Motor Company
  • Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout (1903-1987), Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Claxton during World War II, eponym of the destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55)
  • Rex Todhunter Stout (1886-1975), American detective novelist, nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century
  • James Stout (1910-1986), American thoroughbred horse racing jockey, inducted into the United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1968)
  • Mitchell W. Stout (1950-1970), United States Army soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Richard Stout (1836-1896), Union Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Gordon Stout (b. 1952), American percussionist, composer, and educator
  • Byron G. Stout (1829-1896), American politician
  • Bill Stout (1927-1989), American broadcast journalist
  • Arlow Stout (1876-1957), American botanist



  • James Pindall Stout, 1819-1903 by Kemble Stout.
  • Richard Stout Descendants in West Virginia by Russel Ray Stout.
  • Some Stout Families of Central Illinois by Littleton P. Bradley.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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