The Strongbownian invaders added their Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames
. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic
surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the followers of Strongbow
brought with them created such a surname through diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." The Normans
also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius
," which both mean "son." Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders
, it can now only be found in Ireland
. The surname Steacy is derived from the personal name
Eustace. This name is derived from the Latin name "Eustacius," which in turn is derived from the distinct Greek names "Eustakhios," which means "fruitful," and "Eustathios," which means "orderly."
Early Origins of the Steacy family
The surname Steacy was first found in County Meath
. They were Barons of Meath and later became the Viscounts Baltinglass.
Early History of the Steacy family
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Steacy Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations
for the name Steacy include FitzEustace, Eustace, Eustice, Eustis, Stacy, Stacey, Stasey, Stacie, Stacie, Staicey, Staycey and many more.
Early Notables of the Steacy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Steacy family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Steacy: James Eustis settled in Virginia in 1635; Mary Eustace settled in America in 1724; Alice Stacey settled in Barbados in 1664; Hugh Stacey settled in Salem, Mass in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Steacy (post 1700)
- Ashley Steacy (b. 1987), Canadian gold medalist rugby union player at the 2015 Pan American Games
- Will Steacy (b. 1980), American writer and photographer based in New York City
- Mark Steacy, Canadian standard-bred trainer from Kingston, Ontario; he has trained 1,119 winners and won just over $13 million in stakes since 1992, O’Brien trophy for Trainer of-the-Year in 2007, Johnson Cup winner in 2016
- Brendan Steacy, Canadian Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival Award winning cinematographer, known for his work on Still Mine (2012), The Answer Key (2007) and Titans (2018)
- Newton Phillips Steacy (1896-1969), Canadian politician from Vancouver, British Columbia who represented North Vancouver in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1956 to 1960
- Ken Steacy (b. 1955), Canadian comic artist, best known for his work on the NOW Comics comic book series of Astro Boy
- James Steacy (b. 1984), Canadian hammer thrower from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the 2008 and the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Heather Steacy (b. 1988), Canadian hammer thrower from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, younger sister of James Steacy
- Harold Robert Steacy (b. 1923), Canadian mineralogist, curator of the Canadian National Mineral Collection at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa; the mineral steacyite is named for him
The Steacy Motto
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: Cur me persequeris?
Motto Translation: Why persecutest thou me?.
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