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The German name Stefanski, was formed from the given name Steffen, which comes from the Greek "Stephanos," meaning "crown." Versions of this name are numerous throughout Christian Europe due to the martyr St. Steven.

Stefanski Early Origins



The surname Stefanski was first found in Prussia, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging feudal society that would shape Europe. It later became more prominent as many branches of the house migrated and acquired foreign estates, some in such distant lands as Utrecht in Holland. Members of this family constantly improved their social status through their great contributions to society.

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Stefanski Spelling Variations


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Stefanski 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 Stefanski include Steffens, Stefens, Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Steffe, Steffen, Stephan, Stoffen, Steffl, Steffensen, Stephansen, Stilfens, Stilphen, Stilphens and many more.

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Stefanski Early History


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Stefanski Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stefanski research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1616, 1773, 1811, 1832, 1842, 1845, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Stefanski History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stefanski Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stefanski Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Stefanski during this time period were Johann Steffens (1560-1616), a German composer, who wrote German madrigals and dance-songs, as well as sacred and instrumental pieces. Also notable was Henrik Steffens (1773-1845), a German author-philosopher of Norwegian extraction, who moved to Germany after his...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stefanski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. 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 to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Stefanski were

Stefanski Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolf Stefanski, aged 9, who landed in America from Rolice, Russia, in 1908
  • Anton Stefanski, aged 28, who landed in America from Loojenin, Russia, in 1908
  • Bronislawa Stefanski, aged 2, who settled in America from Loojenin, Russia, in 1908
  • Andrey Stefanski, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Szebletowa, Russia, in 1909
  • Anastasia Stefanski, aged 35, who landed in America from Vakel, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stefanski (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stefanski (post 1700)



  • Edward Stefanski, American Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations for the Toronto Raptors
  • Helen D. Stefanski, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980
  • Patryk Stefañski (b. 1990), Polish footballer
  • Stanley Michael "Bud" Stefanski (b. 1955), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre

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    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

    The Stefanski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stefanski Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 October 2015 at 11:39.

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