Stringer (name)

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Family name
Meaning Maker of strings, bowstrings
Region of origin England

Stringer (pronounced to rhyme with "ringer") is an English occupational surname and occasionally used as a given name. It originally denoted a maker of rope or strings, and especially those for the famous English longbows used for both hunting and war. It is based on an agent derivative of the Old English streng, meaning "string," which is in turn based on the Old Norse strengr. In Yorkshire, where it is still particularly common, George (?) Redmonds[clarification needed] argues that the surname may have been connected with ironworking, a stringer having operated some form of specialist hearth.[1]

Early examples of the surname recorded in authentic registers and charters of the medieval period include:

Roger le Strenger in 1293, Yorkshire;
Lady Godwyna Strenger in 1328, Somerset;
Richard Stringer, in 1679, a footsoldier of Barbados.[2]

The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Walter Stringere, which was dated 1194, in the Curia Regis Rolls for Wiltshire.[2]

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  • Stringer Bell, character on The Wire
  • Mr. Stringer, the part that Davis played alongside his wife Margaret Rutherford in four Miss Marple films

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  1. ^ "Stringer Family History". Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Last name: Stringer". The Internet Surname Database. Retrieved 27 January 2013.