Origin of the Name Stokes
The ancient history of the name Stokes
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'of Stoke', this is a locational name from many places in England of the name. It meant originally 'place', and was used to name outlying hamlets or dependant settlements. Variants include Stoke, Stoak, Stoaks, Stooks, Stookes and Stoker. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Baldewin de Stoke, County Suffolk, a Mariota Stoke, County Huntingdonshire, a Robert de Stokes, County Oxfordshire, and a Seman de Stokes, County Northamptonshire, who were all recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. An Adam del Stoke was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. A Walter de Stoke, County Somerset, was recorded in the ancient book 'Kirby's Quest, in the reign of Edward III. In Ireland this name has existed since the fourteenth century when it was first introduced by settlers from England and Scotland.
The Stokes coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Stokes descendants.