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

Stjohn is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Stjohn comes from the saint bearing the ancient given name John. It is possible that individual cases may derive from the original bearer's residence in one of several places called St. Jean in Normandy that take their names from the same source. Stjohn is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stjohn were recorded, including St. John, St. Jean, Singen and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where the family claim descent "from the great Domesday Baron Adam de Port, [who] took the name St John in the XII century on his marriage with the heiress of the powerful Norman family, so called." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stjohn research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1085, 1582, 1596, 1540, 1618, 1598, 1673, 1640, 1653, 1634, 1711, 1663, 1685, 1678, 1751, 1749 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Stjohn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 311 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stjohn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stjohn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Stjohn arrived in North America very early:

Stjohn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John St. John who settled in Virginia in 1654

Stjohn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. W. M. St John, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Thomas St John, aged 55, who landed in America from Tipperary, in 1895

Stjohn Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • William St John, aged 20, who settled in America from Tipperary, in 1901
  • Emily St John, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Guy B. St John, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Kilsey M St John, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mary St John, aged 20, who landed in America from Scarriff, Ireland, in 1907


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  • Harold St. John (1892-1991), American professor of botany at the University of Hawaii
  • Andrew St. John (b. 1982), American actor
  • Charles Edward St. John (1857-1935), American astronomer
  • Jill St. John (b. 1940), American actress, best known for her role as the Bond girl Tiffany Case, in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Edward Francis St. John, of Slinfold, Sussex, Chairman of the Board of Guardians 1929-32
  • Edward Henry St John QC (1916-1994), Australian barrister, Member of the Australian Parliament for Warringah
  • Bayle St. John (1822-1859), British travel writer and biographer
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Henry Beauchamp St. John KCIE, CBE (1874-1954), Chief Commissioner of Baluchistan
  • Ian St. John (b. 1938), former Scottish footballer, who played for Scotland 21 times, inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Pete St. John, born Peter Mooney, an Irish folk singer-songwriter, best known for composing Fields of Athenry

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Stjohn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stjohn 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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