When Leona Ruth Stoddard was born on 17 November 1904, in Milford, Beaver, Utah, United States, her father, Abel Morgan Stoddard, was 41 and her mother, Elizabeth Jane Blackner, was 34. She married John Edward Carroll on 17 February 1926. She lived in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930. She died on 29 March 1991, in Ventura, California, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States.
English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who looked after a stud of horses, from Middle English and Older Scots stod(e), stud(e) ‘establishment where horses were bred’, ‘herd of stallions or mares’ + herd(e) ‘herdsman’.
English: variant of Stothard, an occupational name for a keeper of cattle or horses, from Middle English stot ‘steer, bullock’ or ‘horse’ + herd(e) ‘herdsman’. The name was probably confused with Stodeherd ‘keeper of stud-horses’ (see above).
History: The Stoddard family of Boston, MA, was introduced by Anthony Stoddard (1600–1686), who settled there in 1639. Solomon Stoddard (1643–1728/9) was a prominent Congregational clergyman in MA, the grandfather of Jonathan Edwards, and progenitor of many noted descendants.