STORK Reaney’s Dictionary of Surnames explains Stork as a nickname for a man with long legs. He cites early examples from Somerset, Kent and Lincolnshire, including a Robert le Stork, whose surname is undoubtedly a nickname.
With regard to the surname in Yorkshire, where 72% of the surname were living in 1891, George Redmonds* has another explanation. “In 1297 … Hugh de Stork lived in Beverley and took his name from Storkhill, recorded as Estorch in the Domesday Book.” (Redmonds)
In or about 1355 “John of Storke holds in Storke two messuages and one bovate of land at rent of 400 eels.” (Beverley Chapter Act Book).
“In 1372 the heirs of Thomas de Storke had property there [Storkhill] for which the rent was 16 shillings or 800 eels and even as late as 1597 a Richard Stork was living nearby at Cherry Burton.” (Redmonds)
There was also a Henry Storke at “Wintringham cum Newton” in 1584. Wintringham and Place Newton, once in the East Riding, are now in North Yorkshire.
Elizabeth Storke was assessed for tax in Hull in 1695
Robert Stork in Beverley, 1764
John Stork, warehouse, Bowlalley Lane, hull, 1835.

*Information from George Redmonds, is taken from an article in “The Dalesman”, date unknown (1970s).


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