The surname of STUDDARD was an occupational name 'the studherd' one who kept horses at the stud. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Early records of the name mention John Stothirde, 1297, County Yorkshire. William Stothard, was documented in County Cambridge in the same year. Thomas le Stothurd was recorded in 1306, County Kent. John Stotard was documented in 1317, County Lancashire. Willelmus Stothryd of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Holland Cooksey and Elizabeth Storrs were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1751. George Stoddart and Esther Tallents who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1765. John Hewett and Norris Storr were married at the same church in 1784. John Jenkins married Mary Stoddard at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1786. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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