Show ContentsStricklin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Stricklin is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Stricklin family lived in Westmorland, at Great Strickland, a township in the parish of Morland, West ward and union. "This place takes its name from the ancient family of Strickland, who were lords of the manor, and resided here. " [1]

Little Strickland is "a township, in the chapelry of Thrimby, parish of Morland, West ward and union, county of Westmorland, 3 miles (N. E.) from Shap." [1]

Early Origins of the Stricklin family

The surname Stricklin was first found in Westmorland at Great Strickland or Little Strickland which dates back to the 12th century when it was named Stircland of Stirkland. [2] [3] The name is derived from the Old English words "stirc" + "land" and meant "cultivated land where young bullocks are kept." [4]

Strickland-Ketel and Strickland-Roger were located in the same county. "Descended from Walter de Stirkland, Knight, so called from the pasture-ground of the young cattle, called stirks or steers, in the parish of Morland, in this county; who was living in the reign of Henry III." [5]

The first record of the family was found here in the Pipe Rolls of 1193 where Vchtred de Stirclanda was listed. Later, William de Strikeland was listed in 1278 and later again, Walter

Strykland was listed in the Assize Rolls for London in 1442. [6]

The source Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. records William de Stirkelaunde, Westmorland, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward I). [3]

However, some of the family branched to Wintringham in East Riding of Yorkshire in early times. "This parish is situated on the river Derwent, and comprises 8480 acres, of which 5740 are in the township, and, with the exception of the large farm of Linton, exclusively the property of Sir George Strickland, Bart., who is lord of the manor. The living is a donative, in the patronage of Sir George Strickland: the church is in the early English style, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a tall and graceful spire." [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Robert de Strikland witnessed confirmation by Alexander filius Walteri of his father's gifts to the church of Paisley, 1239 and Robert de Stirkeland had protection for two years for going on the king of England's service beyond seas, 1370." [7]

Early History of the Stricklin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stricklin research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1200, 1366, 1380, 1400, 1415, 1419, 1596, 1598, 1600, 1621, 1640, 1665, 1671, 1673, 1685, 1686, 1689, 1694, 1717, 1724 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Stricklin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stricklin Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Strickland, Stirkland, Stickland and others.

Early Notables of the Stricklin family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Walter Strickland of Sizergh Hall; Sir Robert Strickland of Sizergh (1600-1671), an English Member of Parliament for Westmorland; Sir Thomas Strickland of Sizergh (1621-1694), supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; William Strickland (died 1419), an English priest, Bishop of Carlisle (1400 to 1419); William Strickland (died 1598), English landowner and early explorer of...
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Stricklin Ranking

In the United States, the name Stricklin is the 4,983rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [8]

United States Stricklin migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Stricklin or a variant listed above:

Stricklin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Stricklin, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Charles Stricklin, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Charles R. Stricklin, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1917
  • James Williams Stricklin, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • D. Stricklin, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Stricklin (post 1700) +

  • Scott Stricklin, American 16th Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University
  • J. H. Stricklin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1922 [9]
  • Luke Stricklin (b. 1982), American country music singer and songwriter, perhaps best known for his single "American by God's Amazing Grace"
  • Scott Stricklin (b. 1972), American college baseball coach, current head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team (2014-)
  • Waymond Lane "Hut" Stricklin (b. 1961), American former NASCAR race car driver who competed in 328 races over 15 years, stunt driver for the movie Days of Thunder

The Stricklin 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: Sans mal
Motto Translation: Without evil.

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  6. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook