Show ContentsSteddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Steddy. It was given to a man of mettle, or someone noted for his high spirits. In this case, this surname is derived from the Old English word steda, which means stud-horse or stallion.

Early Origins of the Steddy family

The surname Steddy was first found in Yorkshire. "This surname is derived from a geographical locality, 'at the stead,' a place, a station, a settlement; compare homestead, market-stead (= market-place). A great Yorkshire surname. The Market-place, Manchester, was the Market-stead till the close of the last century. The Market-stead, Ulverston, is commonly so set down in the parish registers till 1790. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has only one listing of the family: John Stede, Suffolk; while the Yorkshire Polls Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Robertas del Stede; Ricardus del Stede; Petrus del Stede; and Laurence del Stede underlining the importance of the Yorkshire heritage versus any other.

Early History of the Steddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steddy research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1588, 1417, 1581, 1619, 1796, 1701 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Steddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steddy Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Steddy has appeared include Stead, Steed and others.

Early Notables of the Steddy family (pre 1700)

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United States Steddy migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Steddy arrived in North America very early:

Steddy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Steddy, aged 53, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Albert Steddy, aged 47, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1918 from London, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steddy (post 1700) +

  • George Thomas Steddy, English miller at the Sarre Windmill, a Grade II listed smock mill in Sarre, Kent, in 1878 on Facebook