culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Steeds family have grown. The name Steeds was given to a member of the family who was a man of mettle, or someone noted for his high spirits. In this case, this surname is derived from the Old English word
from very early times.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Steeds family name include Stead, Steed and others.