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Stumbles (also spelt Stumbels) is a family name probably originating in the United Kingdom but nowadays also found in Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, and the United States.


A Dictionary Of British Surnames[1] lists a Gervase atte Stumble of 1296 and a Juliana Stumbel of 1311 and suggests a meaning (derived from Old English stumbel) of "Dweller by the tree-stump".

The name was found relatively frequently in the West Country especially the South Hams region of Devon from the early 18th century.[2] It is now rare in the United Kingdom but found more commonly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, USA, and Zimbabwe.

Stumbles people[edit]

  • William Stumbels, clockmaker
  • Albert Smith Stumbles built many buildings in Salcombe around the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


  1. ^ P. H. Reaney: A Dictionary Of British Surnames, Routledge and Keegan Paul 1958–1976, ISBN 0-7100-8106-5.
  2. ^ Records from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) (1984)