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Where did the English Stringer family come from? What is the English Stringer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stringer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stringer family history?

The name Stringer comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a strong or courageous person. Checking further we found the name was derived from the German word streng, of the same meaning.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Stringer, Stringar, Stringers and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from early times, where they were Lords of the manor of Eaton, and were conjecturally descended from Fulk, who held the lands of Eaton from Roger de Bully at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086. The lands, at that time, consisted of two mills and a garden. Eaton is the celebrated site of the Battle of the Idle in 617 between Redwald and Ethelfrith of Northumbria.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stringer research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 137 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Stringer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Stringer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Stringer or a variant listed above were:

Stringer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Stringer settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Samvell Stringer, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Stringer settled in Virginia in 1647
  • James Stringer, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • John Stringer settled in Virginia in 1651


Stringer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Tho Stringer, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Saml Stringer, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Stringer settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Ralph Stringer settled in Maryland in 1736
  • Elizabeth Stringer settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1736


Stringer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Stringer, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1838
  • William Stringer, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • John A Stringer, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • T Stringer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Abel, Dedbor, Gamewell, George, James, and Matthew Stringer all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1858 and 1872


Stringer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Stringer settled in Grate's Cove, Newfoundland in 1835
  • John Stringer in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1838

Stringer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Stringer, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
  • Joseph Stringer, aged 37, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • John Stringer, aged 25, a butcher, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Joseph Stringer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Caroline Stringer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849


Stringer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Kezia Stringer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Thomas Stringer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Anne Stringer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Henry V. Stringer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Stringer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863


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  • Korey Damont Stringer (1974-2001), American college and professional NFL football player
  • Scott M. Stringer (b. 1960), American New York Democratic politician, the 26th Borough President of Manhattan
  • Sir Howard Stringer (b. 1942), Welsh-born, American businessman, Chairman and former President and CEO of Sony Corporation
  • Mr. Harry Stringer (d. 1915), English First Waiter from Litherland, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Nick Stringer (b. 1948), English actor from Torquay, Devon
  • George Stringer VC (1889-1957), English recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War I
  • Graham Eric Stringer (b. 1950), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Blackley and Broughton (2010)
  • Jesse Stringer (b. 1991), professional Australian rules football player
  • Peter Alexander Stringer (b. 1977), Irish rugby union player
  • Christopher Brian "Chris" Stringer (b. 1947), British anthropologist

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  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Stringer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stringer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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