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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.

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The surname Stevens was 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. Stephen FitzAirard was the captain of the "Mora," the ship which brought William the Conqueror over from Normandy. His son was Thomas FitzStephen (died 1120) who was captain of the ill-fated White Ship (la Blanche-Nef), which sank off Barfleur, Normandy, on 25 November 1120. There was of course, King Stephen ( c. 1097-1154,) King of England (1135-1154); he was the son of Stephen, Count of Blois and Chartres. Robert FitzStephen (d.1183) was a Welsh soldier of Norman descent and one of the leaders of the Norman invasion of Ireland. William Fitzstephen (fitz Stephen) (died c. 1191) was a cleric and administrator in the service of Thomas Becket.

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.


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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 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Stevens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Stephens of Finglas; Nathaniel Stephens (1589-1660), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1653, supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War; John Stephens (1603-1679), an English politician who sat in the House...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stevens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Judith Stevens, aged 19, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
  • William 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
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Stevens Settlers in 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 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
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Stevens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Stevens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Stevens, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Stevens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Stevens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Natha Stevens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Stevens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Russel S Stevens, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Hampson Stevens, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • George Stevens, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Ann Stevens, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Christ. Stevens, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
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Stevens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Stevens, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Stevens, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Stevens, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Stevens, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Stevens, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Stevens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Stevens landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Hopkins Stevens landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Stevens landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Stevens, aged 25, a smith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Margaret Stevens, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
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  • Michael Stevens (1966-2015), American six-time Primetime Emmy Award winning producer, writer and director, known for The Thin Red Line (1998), Thurgood (2011) and Herblock: The Black & the White (2013)
  • 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
  • George Stevens (1803-1894), American pipe organ manufacturer and politician in Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), American poet awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • John Stevens (1749-1838), American steam and rail transportation pioneer, and politician, who was surveyor general of New Jersey from (1782-83)
  • John Paul Stevens (b. 1920), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Ruby Stevens (1907-1990), original name of Barbara Stanwyck, American three-time Emmy Award and a Golden Globe American actress
  • Yvette Stevens (b. 1953), original name of Chaka Khan, American singer and composer
  • Thomas Holdup Stevens Jr. (1819-1896), American admiral of the United States Navy, who fought in the American Civil War
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Stevens Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Sarah  Stevens (1843-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Horace John Stevens (1906-1941), Australian Bandsman from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Joseph Stevens, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Stevens, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Reginald George Stevens, British Leading Cook "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edward F Stevens, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Stevens (b. 1909), English Chief Petty Officer from Mannamead, Plymouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Stevens, English Ex Chief Officer from St. Ives, Cornwall, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. George Stevens, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Olean, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Henry Stevens, American 2nd Class passenger from Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • Stevens & Anderson Kinsmen of American Descendant by J.B. Bell.
  • The Stevens Tree by Joe M. Clark.
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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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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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