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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey

The Origin of the Name Storey.

The term, Stor, is Runic, Saxon and Norse. It denotes large, vast, rough; the suffix eye, equivalent to the Icelandic ig, signifies water, hence dweller by the place of large and rough water is deducible. The same origin attaches to Storrs (Storrs Hall) and to Stirzaker. Storrs is a corruption of the Keltic Stir, pronounced Stär, denoting a habitation; in Danish, Star indicates large or great, Sturr being the Gaelic form for vast and rough. Stirzaker, often pronounced Storzakcr and Sturraker, points to a large rough field (ager). Professor Balderston gives a similar derivation in his work on Ingleton as regards Storrs Hall, lngleton.

The Scandinavian Stor, Stori and Storius occur prior to the making of the Domesday Survey. Those who bore such names were unquestionably of Norse blood.

As to the name, Stordy, I am satisfied after much research and careful examination - although meeting with it in a "Memoir of James Logan, Secretary of the Province of Pennsylvania" in William Penn's time - that the name is entirely distinct from that of Story. Even when the e is seen in Story it is impossible for the letter to have been so formed as to be mistaken for d. In the case of the Latin for York, one can understand the substitution of b for v. Eboracum should be Evoracum. Voric or Everwyk was the Saxon form. The Ouse was anciently known as the Eure or Euor, and u or v characters were used at wit and will. The Romans made their u or v so like the letter b that Eboracum became the Latin mode of writing what should be Evoracum. If Stordy is from Icelandic then again it is against the contention of some that Stordy is a variant of Story, because the root itself contains the d Stirdr, denoting stiff, stolid, &c. All the bearers of the name Story. or Storey, with few exceptions, bear a strong resemblance to each other. What Stordies I have met with bear no resemblance to the various Story and Storey families.

Mark Antony Lower, in his "Patronymica Britannica," has some interesting notes on the names Storey or Story and on Storer. The views of the writer as to the signification of the name "*Story" were strengthened, indeed, corroborated by reference to such an authority as Lower.

In notes on the Storeys of Rothbury, some futher comments on the name, Storey will be found.

*See letter of Colonel Storey of Mount Salus Dalkey Co. Dublin on Story and Bolebeck page.