Last name: Stout
This interesting name has two possible origins. The first and most likely being, a nickname for a powerful, heavily built man, deriving from the Medieval English "stout" itself coming from the Olde French "estout", meaning "stout" or "bold". The surname from this source is first recorded at the end of the 12th Century, (see below). In the 1219 "Assize Court Rolls of Lincolshire", the following forms of the name appear Stutte, Stute, Le Estut and Stut. One, Adam Stout is recorded in the 1373 "Court Rolls of the Borough of Colchester". A second distinct possibility is that the name derives from the Olde English element "stut" meaning a rounded hill and given to one dwelling by this natural feature. One, Henry atte Stoute is recorded in Yarcombe, Devon in 1330.The ancient Coat of Arms granted to the family has the blazon of a black field thereon five leopard's faces in cross, denoting someone who fought alongside Richard 1st, the crest being a Talbot passant in gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Osbert Shute, which was dated 1190, in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as Richard the Lionheart 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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My grand dad said we started in norway and some how we got irish heritage
I am mainly german and have the last name stout
I've been currious of the origin and mostly the country of origin and I've been searching for a while. If anyone finds out for sure please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stout is the name of my maternal grandfather, who came from Fair Isle Shetland
He was wonderful Godly man.Any Stouts I've ever come across originated from
Fair Isle. How they come to be there I'm not sure my great aunt told me they had fled there at the time of the reformation, but where from I'm not sure.
My grandad Alexander stout came from the isle of Unst in shetland
This is very helpful. Many generations before me lived my ancestor Penelope Stout (possibly known as Penelope VanPrincin). I am not sure where her spouse's "Stout" came from, but I will hopefully find out soon.