The present generation of the Stoutt family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Stoutt alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stoutt 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 Stoutt family
The surname Stoutt 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 Stoutt family
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Stoutt Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Stoutt include Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.
Early Notables of the Stoutt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stoutt family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Stoutt were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Stoutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gertrude Stoutt, aged 24, who settled in America from London, in 1892
Stoutt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Stoutt, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919
- Antone Stoutt, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Stoutt (post 1700)
- Stephen Paul "Steve" Stoutt (b. 1964), retired English professional footballer
- Hamilton Lavity Stoutt (b. 1929), the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands (1967 to 1995)