Stoute History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
When the ancestors of the Stoute family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Cumberland. Their name, however, is a reference to Estouteville-en-Caux, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Stoute family
The surname Stoute was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor and Barons of Lydesdale Castle on the western borders of England and Scotland. This ancient family were derived d'Estouteville-en-Caux in Normandy where the family held the Castle Ambriers and Robert d'Estouteville was Governor of the Castle 11 years prior to the Battle of Hastings, in 1055, and defended it against the Count of Anjou. 
They also held the Castle of Rames, to the west of Bolbec, in the arrondisement of LeHavre. Of this branch, Roger, brother of Herluin is claimed to be the true ancestor of the Estouteville family. Herluin was founder and first Abbot of the Abbey of Bec.
Roger was at the Battle of Hastings as recorded in the Wace poem. They were granted extensive lands in England after the Conquest, particularly in Yorkshire and the north country. They were described as men of great power, warlike habits, and held vast territorial possessions.
Robert de Stuteville (died 1186), was an English Baron and justiciar, the son of Robert de Stuteville, one of the northern barons who commanded the English at the battle of the Standard in August 1138. His son William de Stuteville (d 1203) was Governor of Topclive Castle in 1174, and of Roxburgh Castle in 1177. 
One branch of the family was found at Dalham in Suffolk in early times. "Dalham Hall, [was] formerly the residence of the family of Stuteville." 
Early History of the Stoute family
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Stoute Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Stoute has been recorded under many different variations, including Stutteville, Stuteville, Stootville, Stooteville, Stutville, Stutvill, Stuttvill, Stutevill, Stuttevill, Stoutteville, Stouteville, d`Estouteville, Estouteville, Estuteville, Estutteville, Estoutteville and many more.
Early Notables of the Stoute family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert II de Stuteville, one of the northern barons who commanded the English at the battle of the Standard in August...
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Migration of the Stoute family to Ireland
Some of the Stoute 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.
Stoute migration to the United States +
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Stoutes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Stoute Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Stoute, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
- Jane Stoute, who landed in Virginia in 1655 
- Ro Stoute, who landed in Virginia in 1658 
Contemporary Notables of the name Stoute (post 1700) +
- Steve Stoute (b. 1970), American businessman and author
- Jennifer "Jenny" Elaine Stoute (b. 1965), English gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist sprinter
- Horace Stoute (b. 1971), former Barbadian international footballer who played as a goalkeeper (1994-1996)
- Michael Stoute (b. 1948), Barbadian cyclist in the individual road race at the 1968 Summer Olympics
- Sir Michael Ronald Stoute (b. 1945), Barbadian thoroughbred horse trainer, Champion Trainer in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009
- Kevin Stoute (b. 1985), Barbadian cricketer who plays for the Barbadian national side in West Indian domestic cricket
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- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)