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Where did the German Steffen family come from? What is the German Steffen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Steffen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Steffen family history?The German name Steffen, was formed from the given name Steffen, which comes from the Greek "Stephanos," meaning "crown." Versions of this name are numerous throughout Christian Europe due to the martyr St. Steven.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Steffen include Steffens, Stefens, Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Steffe, Steffen, Stephan, Stoffen, Steffl, Steffensen, Stephansen, Stilfens, Stilphen, Stilphens and many more.
First found in Prussia, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging feudal society that would shape Europe. It later became more prominent as many branches of the house migrated and acquired foreign estates, some in such distant lands as Utrecht in Holland. Members of this family constantly improved their social status through their great contributions to society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steffen research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1616, 1773, 1811, 1832, 1842, 1845, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Steffen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Steffens to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Steffen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Steffen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Steffen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Steffen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steffen 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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