Show ContentsStuttaford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Concerning "the origin of this name there is a tradition, that the first of the family came over with William the Conqueror, as standard-bearer to Viscompte De Pulesdon, a noble Norman, and that the name is derived from the office of a standard-bearer, and was anciently written De La Standard, corrupted to Stodard or Stodart." [1]

Other sources note the name was an occupational name for a "horse-keeper" from the Old English ‘stud (of horses)’ and hlerde ‘herd.’ [2] [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Stuttaford family

The surname Stuttaford was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Vlfus Stodhyrda was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. A few years later, Geoffrey Stodhurd was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1219. Later again, John the Stodhirde was found in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286 and Richard le Stodehard was found in Yorkshire in 1332. Thomas Stoderd and John Stodard were both listed as Freemen of York in 1481 and 1482 respectively. [4]

Early History of the Stuttaford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stuttaford research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1568, 1750, 1755, 1765, 1770, 1773, 1779, 1780, 1790, 1791, 1794, 1796, 1798, 1801, 1803, 1807, 1812, 1816, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1834, 1836, 1839, 1846, 1853, 1856, 1872, 1879 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Stuttaford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stuttaford Spelling Variations

Stoddart, Stoddard, Stodart, Stodhard, Stodhart, Stothert, Stodird

Early Notables of the Stuttaford family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856), English journalist, eldest son of John Stoddart, lieutenant in the Royal Navy, born at Salisbury on 6 Feb. 1773. He was educated at Salisbury grammar school, and matriculated on 25 Oct. 1790 from Christ Church, Oxford, where he was elected a student in 1791, and graduated B.A. in 1794, B.C.L. in 1798, and D.C.L. in 1801. He was admitted a member of the College of Advocates in 1801, and from 1803 to 1807 he was the king's and the admiralty advocate at Malta. Returning to England...
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stuttaford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stuttaford family

Anthony Stoddard who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; followed by Benjamin in 1765; Solomon Stoddard (1643-1729) American Congregational theologian and pastor who became the first librarian of Harvard lived in Boston Mass.; Oliver Stoddard settled in Portland Me. in 1822; John Stoddard settled in Charles Town [Charleston] South Carolina in 1823; William Stoddart settled in Virginia in 1774; Lawrence Stoddart settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774; Thomas Stodhart landed in America in 1685.


Contemporary Notables of the name Stuttaford (post 1700) +

  • Irving Thomas Stuttaford OBE (1931-2018), British physician, author, medical columnist of The Times


  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Houseofnames.com on Facebook