Stevenston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Stevenston is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from Steven, and means son of Steven, a variant of Stephen, which meant crown or garland.
Early Origins of the Stevenston family
The surname Stevenston was first found in Northumberland, where they were established since the early Middle Ages at Knaresdale Hall, and at Newcastle on Tyne. By 1150, they had moved north to Scotland in the parish of Newlands in Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), where Stevene Stevenson swore an oath of allegiance (recorded on the Ragman Rolls) to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Another early Scottish record of this surname dates back to 1372, when one Nichol fiz ('son of') Steven, chaplain of Scotland, was given a license to take shipping at London or Dovorre. 
Important Dates for the Stevenston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stevenston research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1454, 1477, 1505, 1479, 1548, 1580, 1594, 1455, 1455, 1781, 1848 and are included under the topic Early Stevenston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stevenston Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Stevenston has been spelled Stevenson, Stephenson, Stephinson, Stevenston, Steenson, Stenson, Steinson, Stinson, Stephenton, Stynson, Stevensint, Stevensynd, Stevensent, Stympson, Stevensend, Stevensant, Steanson, Stevensyn, Stephenston, Stephensyn, Stevinson, Stevensan, Stevensind, Stevensane, Stimpson and many more.
Early Notables of the Stevenston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stevenston family to Ireland
Some of the Stevenston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stevenston family
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Stevenston arrived in North America very early: Andrew Stevenson, who arrived at Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630; Christian and Anne Stephenson, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Richard Stevenson, who came to Barbados in 1654.
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- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)