Stover History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stover family

The surname Stover was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name is derived from the Old High German word "stouf," and is an occupational name for a maker or seller of beakers or mugs. The name was also a habitation name adopted from one of the many places so named in Switzerland or Germany.

Early History of the Stover family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stover research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1907 and 1944 are included under the topic Early Stover History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stover Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stauffer, Staufer, Staufert, Stouffer, Stover and others.

Early Notables of the Stover family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Stover migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sylvester Stover, who arrived in New England in 1652 [1]
Stover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Stover, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
  • Christian Stover, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
Stover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Stover, who arrived in Maryland in 1801 [1]

Canada Stover migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stover Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. Peter Stover U.E. (b. 1758) born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Sussex Vale [ Sussex Corner], Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 before resettling in Raleigh [Chatham-Kent], Ontario married to Matthilla having 3 children, he died in 1836 [2]
  • Mr. Martin Stover U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Jonathan Stover U.E. (b. 1761) from Penobscot, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Digdeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 married to Mary (Polly) Wilson in 1781 having 5 children [2]
  • Mr. Martin Stover U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Loyal Rangers [2]
Stover Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael, Stover Jr., who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Wesley Stover, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • William Stover, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Albin Stover, who settled in Canada in 1831
  • Albin Stover, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stover (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Stover (b. 1948), American former Motown songwriter, producer, and singer
  • Elias Sleeper Stover (1836-1927), American businessman, politician, and university president
  • John Hubler Stover (1833-1889), American politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Jessica Mae Stover, American motion picture auteur director, screenwriter and actor
  • Ralph Stover (1760-1811), American Justice of the Peace and politician in Pennsylvania, eponym of Ralph Stover State Park
  • Jeff Stover, American retired defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers American football team during the 1980s
  • Jeremy Stover, American country music songwriter and record producer
  • Stewart Lynn "Smokey" Stover (b. 1938), former American college fullback and AFL and CFL football linebacker
  • Russell Stover (1888-1954), American chemist and entrepreneur, founder of Russell Stover Candies in 1923
  • Matthew Stover (b. 1962), American fantasy and science fiction novelist, best for his four Star Wars novels
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Stover +

  • 1264 Stover, Stoever, Staver, Stiver: and Account Of the Ancestry and Descendants of Johann Caspar Stoevar of Pennsylvania by Vernon Stiver, Benjamin Parrott, c. 1795-1839 and Lewis Stover, 1781-1850/60, of Overton County, Tennessee by Mavis Parrott Kelsey, The Stover/Stauffer Connection by Raymond M. Stover.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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