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Where did the English Stevens family come from? What is the English Stevens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stevens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stevens family history?

Stevens is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Stevens came from the ancient personal name Stephen, meaning crown, wreath, or garland.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Stevens has been recorded under many different variations, including Stephens, Stevens, Stephen, Steven, Stiven and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire where they were descended from FitzStephen, a Breton knight who was conjecturally descended from Count Stephen of Brittany and accompanied William the Conqueror into England and fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. There was of course, King Stephen (circa 1097-1154,) king of England (1135-54); he was the son of Stephen, count of Blois and Chartres.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stevens research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1805, 1589, 1660, 1628, 1653, 1603, 1679, 1645, 1660, 1683, 1656, 1659, 1647, 1718, 1629, 1669, 1667, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Stevens History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stevens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Stevens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Stevenss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Stevens Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Judith Stevens, aged 19, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
  • Wm Stevens, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Stevens, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Stevens settled in Barbados in 1640
  • Nicholas Stevens, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1646

Stevens Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Timothy Stevens, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1708
  • Hannah Stevens, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Rob Stevens, who landed in South Carolina in 1722
  • Peter Stevens, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Jonathan Stevens, who arrived in New York in 1755

Stevens Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James, Stevens Jr., aged 24, landed in New Jersey in 1812
  • John J Stevens, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Honor Stevens, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Benjamin Stevens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Corbit Stevens, who landed in Texas in 1835


  • John Stevens (1749-1838), American steam and rail transportation pioneer, and politician, who was surveyor general of New Jersey from (1782-83)
  • Thomas Holdup Stevens Jr. (1819-1896), American admiral of the United States Navy, who fought in the American Civil War
  • John Paul Stevens (b. 1920), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Yvette Stevens (b. 1953), original name of Chaka Khan, American singer and composer
  • Ruby Stevens (1907-1990), original name of Barbara Stanwyck, American three-time Emmy Award and a Golden Globe American actress
  • Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), American poet awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Roger Lacey Stevens (1910-1998), American theatrical producer, arts administrator, and real estate executive, founding Chairman of both the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1961), and National Endowment for the Arts (1965), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • George Stevens (1803-1894), American pipe organ manufacturer and politician in Massachusetts
  • John Christopher "Chris" Stevens (b. 1960), American diplomat and lawyer, U.S. Ambassador to Libya in 2012 when he was killed in the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012
  • Sir John Stevens (b. 1942), decorated English police Commissioner of London Metro Police, made a life peer in 1995



  • Stevens & Anderson Kinsmen of American Descendant by J.B. Bell.
  • The Stevens Tree by Joe M. Clark.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Stevens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stevens Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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