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Early Origins of the Steadman family

The surname Steadman was first found in Gloucestershire where in pre 12th century records, the family is shown as branching to Dolgoer in Brecknockshire and into the county of Shropshire, they later branched to Strata Florida in Brecknock. John Stedeman was issued a Parliamentary Writ in 1306.

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls in 1273, there were scattered listings of the family: Richard Stedeman, Cambridgeshire; and Gilbert de Stedman, Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Johannes Stedeman. [1]

One source notes that there is much debate about the etymological origin of the name but generally, it is thought the name was Anglo-Saxon and derived from the words "stcade, a stead, station, or place," as in "a farm house and offices." "Steadman was therefore a farmer, or perhaps a farm-bailiff." [2]

Early History of the Steadman family

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Steadman Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Steadman include Stedman, Steadman and others.

Early Notables of the Steadman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Fabian Stedman (1640-1713), English leading figure in campanology and bell-ringing, author of two books: Tintinnalogia (1668) and Campanalogia (1677) are the first two...
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Steadman Ranking

In the United States, the name Steadman is the 4,409th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3]

United States Steadman migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Steadman or a variant listed above:

Steadman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Steadman who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1686
Steadman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Steadman, who settled in Virginia in 1741
  • Ann and James Steadman, who settled in Maryland in 1742
Steadman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Steadman, who landed in New York in 1822 [4]

New Zealand Steadman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Steadman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Steadman, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • Mr. James Steadman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Steadman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steadman (post 1700) +

  • J. Richard Steadman (1937-2023), American specialist knee surgeon and was a clinical professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, best known for his work in microfracture surgery
  • Bernice Steadman (1925-2015), American professional aviator and businesswoman, one of the Mercury 13
  • Jack W. Steadman (1928-2015), American football executive, Chairman, Vice President, President and General Manager of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs
  • David William Steadman, American curator of ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida
  • Robert A. Steadman, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 13th Circuit, 1974
  • N. L. Steadman, American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 4th District, 1915-16
  • Martin Steadman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1966
  • John W. Steadman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1904
  • Joe T. Steadman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • J. B. Steadman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876:Member of Ohio State Senate 33rd District; Elected 1876
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The Steadman 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: Cuncta mea mecum
Motto Translation: My all is with me.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook