Show ContentsStovall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stovall family

The surname Stovall was first found in Gloucestershire of Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Catherston. West Stowell in Wiltshire is now known as Alton-Priors.

These place names mean "stony spring or stream," from the Old English "stan" + "well." 1

The Somerset is the oldest location dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Stanwelle. 2

One of the first records of the family was Geoffrey de Stawelle, Somerset, 1 Edward III (recorded during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) 3

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Richard de Stawell, Wiltshire; and Lecia Stowelle, Cambridgeshire. 4

Some of the family were also found in Jacobstow, Cornwall. "The manor of Penhallam, which extends into the parishes of Poundstock, Week St. Mary, and Boyton, was formerly in the family of Newell of Somerset. Norden describes it as the seat of Sir John Stawell, then lately deceased. Lysons, when speaking of Penhallam, supposes that it came into the family of Sir John Stawell, by a match with the heiress of a Cornish family called Beaupre, or Belloprato. This circumstance probably drew this family from Somersetshire, and occasioned their settling in Cornwall." 5

Early History of the Stovall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stovall research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1599, 1644, 1662, 1683, 1689, 1760 and 1910 are included under the topic Early Stovall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stovall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Staywell, Stawell, Stawel, Staywel, Stewel, Stewell, Stowell, Stowel, Stowle and many more.

Early Notables of the Stovall family

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Stawell or Stowell (1599-1662), an English Member of Parliament and Royalist Governor of Taunton during the English Civil War. He was second but eldest surviving son of Sir John Stawell of Cotholstone, Somerset, by his wife Elizabeth. "The family had long been settled...
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Stovall Ranking

In the United States, the name Stovall is the 1,812nd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. 6

Ireland Migration of the Stovall family to Ireland

Some of the Stovall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Stovall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stovall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bartholomew Stovall, who arrived in Virginia in 1683 7

Contemporary Notables of the name Stovall (post 1700) +

  • Lou Stovall (1937-2023), American visual artist born in Athens, Georgia
  • Brigadier General Marcellus Augustus Stovall (1818-1895), Brigadier General in the civil War
  • Pleasant Alexander Stovall (1857-1935), United States Ambassador to Switzerland
  • Dale E. Stovall (b. 1944), former Brigadier General in the United States Air Force
  • Da Rond Tyrone Stovall (b. 1973), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Richard Southerton Stovall (1922-1999), American football center
  • Queena Stovall (1888-1980), American folk artist
  • James Stovall (1958-2010), American actor
  • Paul Stovall (1948-1978), American professional basketball player
  • Rawson Law Stovall (b. 1972), American video game producer
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Patt Stovall, American Private First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 8

The Stovall 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: En parole Je vis
Motto Translation: I live on the word.

Suggested Readings for the name Stovall +

  • The Stovall Family by Lyle Keith Williams.
  • The Stovall Family in America by Carmae Massey Smith.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook