Steen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Steen family

The surname Steen was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Steen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steen research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1679, 1816, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Steen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steen, Steene, Steenes, Steens, Sten, Stene, Stenes, Stens, Steenz, Steenez, Stein, Stien, van Steen, van der Steen, Steyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Steen family (pre 1700)

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United States Steen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hans Steen, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1638 [1]
Steen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elias Steen, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Jacob Steen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
  • Elizabeth Steen, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
Steen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Steen, aged 21, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [1]
  • Robert Steen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Samuel Steen, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • Isabela Steen, aged 48, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • Isabela, Steen Jr., aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Steen migration to Australia +

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

Steen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Steen, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • William Steen, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Susannah Steen, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Margaret Steen, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • John Steen, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Steen 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:

Steen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Steen, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Mr. Andrew Steen, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steen (post 1700) +

  • Charles A. Steen (1919-2006), American geologist who made and lost a fortune after discovering a uranium in Utah
  • William J. Steen, American politician, Mayor of Wheeling, West Virginia, 1925-29 [3]
  • Mrs. John Steen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [3]
  • Jennifer A. Steen, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1996 [3]
  • Henry Steen (b. 1858), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1915-18; Member of Minnesota State Senate 2nd District, 1927-28 [3]
  • Fred Steen, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 2000 [3]
  • Curtis Steen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1948 (alternate), 1956, 1960 [3]
  • David Steen (1936-2015), British photographer
  • Reiulf Steen (1933-2014), Norwegian politician and diplomat, Minister of Transportation (1971-1972) and Commerce (1979-1981), MP for Oslo and Akershus (1977-1993), Ambassador to Chile (1992-1996).[6]
  • Steve Steen (b. 1954), British actor and comedian
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Leo Peter Van den Steen (d. 1912), aged 28, Belgian Third Class passenger from Haaltert who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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