Steenkamp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Steenkamp first began in medieval Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Steenkamp family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Steenkamp literally means "stone" [1] and was an occupational name for a stone cutter. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word stein, meaning stone. In some cases the name may be topographical in nature and derive from the fact the original bearer lived near a prominent stone or rock.

Early Origins of the Steenkamp family

The surname Steenkamp was first found in Austria, in the cities of Berne and Neuchatel, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in regional political struggles for power. They branched into many houses in Austria, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Steenkamp family

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Steenkamp 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 Steenkamp include Steiner, Steinert, Steinertz, Steinerth, Steinere, Stein, Steine and many more.

Early Notables of the Steenkamp family (pre 1700)

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Steenkamp Ranking

In South Africa, the name Steenkamp is the 247th most popular surname with an estimated 27,232 people with that name. [2]

United States Steenkamp migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Steenkamp were

Steenkamp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G. H. Steenkamp, who settled in Baltimore in 1834
  • Marianne Steenkamp, who settled in New Orleans in 1846
  • Marianne Steenkamp, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1846 [3]
  • Anton Steenkamp, who arrived in America in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steenkamp (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Philippus Louwrens Steenkamp R.V.M., British Household of the Duke of York, was appointed the Royal Victorian Medal Silver on 8th June 2018 [4]
  • Petrus Antonius Josephus Maria Steenkamp (1925-2016), Dutch politician, President of the Senate of the Netherlands (1983-1991)
  • Wilhelm Steenkamp (b. 1985), South African rugby union player
  • Reeva Steenkamp (1983-2013), South African model killed by her boyfriend, Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius
  • Lenin Steenkamp (b. 1969), South African footballer
  • Gurthrö Steenkamp (b. 1981), South African rugby union player
  • Ewald Steenkamp (b. 1988), Namibian cricketer, a right-handed batsman who fields as a wicket-keeper
  • Michiel De Kock Steenkamp (b. 1987), South African rugby union player

  1. ^ Bahlow, Hans, Dictionary of German Names. translated by Edda Gentry, Wisconsin: The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7)
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook