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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
Stevens Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Stevens Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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