Stec History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Stec was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Stec was derived from the popular medieval Germanic personal name Stecho. The name Stec is also of local origin that is derived from the Old Germanic word "steck," which referred to a parcel of land. The steck was a tract of pasture land.

Early Origins of the Stec family

The surname Stec was first found in Westphalia and the lower Rhine region, where the name Steck came from aristocratic beginnings and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, holding the title of counts in Dortmund, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Stec family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stec research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1702 and 1776 are included under the topic Early Stec History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stec Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Stec include Steck, Stech, Stechel, Stecher, Steckler, Steckel, Steckell, Steckle, Steckler, Stecker, Stecklen, Stek and many more.

Early Notables of the Stec family (pre 1700)

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United States Stec migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Stec Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agata Stec, aged 13, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Andry Stec, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1895
Stec Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Stec, aged 17, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Anna Stec, aged 17, who landed in America from Chmiel, Galicia, in 1909
  • Anna Stec, aged 14, who landed in America from Lekawice, Austria, in 1909
  • Anna Stec, aged 45, who settled in America from Poczapince, Austria, in 1909
  • Andras Stec, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Scirpatak, Hungary, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stec (post 1700) +

  • Joey Stec, American songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer and president of Sonic Past Music
  • Jeff Stec, American entrepreneur and NASCAR team owner
  • Lawrence Stec (b. 1959), American politician, Mayor of Wyandotte, Michigan, 1997-2001
  • Stefan Stanis³aw Stec (1893-1921), Polish aviator and military pilot,designer of the Polish Air Force's insignia on Facebook
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