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Origin of Stokes Surname

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Origin of Stokes Surname

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 11:09AM GMT
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Stokes is a patronymic form of the name “Stoke” an English place name derived from the numerous places though-out England by that name. They were named from Old English stoc "place, house, dwelling" and generally referred to an outlying settlement away from a larger one. Variations are Stokes, Stoak, Stook, Stookes, Stokess.

The history of this ancient “Stokes Pembrokeshire family” traces its ancestry as a family of Norman origin before the year 1100 and appears first in the ancient records in “Pembrokeshire." The earliest known records of the Stokes surname is in “Pembrokeshire” where they had been seated since early times. They were descended from Geoffrey de Rie, Lord of Rie born 944 of Rie, Normandy, France. “De Rie” surname origin: English - spelling variations include: Rye, Ries, Rie, Ryse, Rise & others. First found in Sussex, where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

This family was attracted to Pembroke in the wake of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke's invasion of Ireland, and soon after moved to Ireland in about 1220 where they were granted lands. They also branched out in England into Tetherton. In Wiltshire, and also Watersend in Kent, Cambridge, Devon, and Gloucestershire who came from Caen in Normandy round about 1180 This family was attracted to Pembroke in the wake of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke's invasion of Ireland, and soon after moved to Ireland in about 1220 where they were granted lands. They also branched out in England into Tetherton In Wiltshire, and Watersend in Kent, Cambridge, Devon, and Gloucestershire.

The history of Stokes Manor House estates can be traced back to the Domesday Book and earlier.

Prior to 1066 the Manor House was owned by “SIRET” a vassal of King Harold. There is a reference to the Manor of Stokes in the Domesday Book survey of 1086 it was held by William Fitz Ansculf direct from King William 1, after the King’s Victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The family held Stokes for nearly 300 years, changed their name to “de Stokes”
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WalterBurgner... 28 Apr 2010 5:09PM GMT 
Zarkina 10 May 2010 5:44PM GMT 
WalterBurgner... 11 May 2010 6:30PM GMT 
Zarkina 12 May 2010 9:41AM GMT 
danosto 4 Oct 2010 5:09PM GMT 
WalterBurgner... 6 Oct 2010 1:37PM GMT 
eqstokes 30 Oct 2010 12:13AM GMT 
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