Show ContentsStebbings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Stebbings is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Stebbings family lived in Essex having derived from the Old English word stybbing, meaning stumps, and indicates that the original bearer lived in or near an area which had been cleared of trees.

Early Origins of the Stebbings family

The surname Stebbings was first found in Essex at Stebbing, a small village in the Uttlesford district that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Stibinga and either meant "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Stybba" or "dwellers among the tree-stumps." [1] Although the Old English roots of this name suggest that they pre-date the Normans in Britain, they were also conjecturally descended from Thomas de Colunces who's son Hugh acquired the lands of Stebbing and Woodham Ferrars in Essex, containing two Mills, vines, and five beehives. Thomas was descended from the Colunces of Calvados in Normandy.

Stubbins is an industrial village in the southern part of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire and dates back to 1563 when it was first listed as Stubbing. It literally meant "a place with tree stumps."[1]

Early History of the Stebbings family

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Stebbings Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Stebbing, Stebing, Stubbings, Stubbing, Stebbings and many more.

Early Notables of the Stebbings family (pre 1700)

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United States Stebbings migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Stebbings name or one of its variants:

Stebbings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Albert Stebbings, aged 19, who arrived in America, in 1897
Stebbings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Stebbings, aged 27, who arrived in America from England, in 1901
  • Jane R. Stebbings, aged 62, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Ethel Stebbings, aged 27, who arrived in America from Bath, England, in 1908
  • Gertrude Stebbings, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Edward Stebbings, aged 24, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1914
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Australia Stebbings migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Stebbings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Stebbings, English convict who was convicted in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Charlotte Stebbings, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stebbings (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Robert William Stebbings (b. 1989), English cricketer
  • Christopher Paul Stebbings MBE, English actor and the artistic director of TNT music theatre
  • Peter Stebbings (b. 1971), Canadian actor, best known for his role as Kevin Sharp in the drama series Madison, and for portraying Paul Deeds in the series Traders

The Stebbings 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: Quiescam
Motto Translation: I shall rest.

Suggested Readings for the name Stebbings +

  • A Genealogy and History of Some Stebbins Lines by John Alfred Stebbins.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 26th January 2021 from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from on Facebook