Steffanay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Steffanay family lived in Pembrokeshire
which is derived from the Old English word Stybbanhyp,
meaning the dweller by the landing place.
Early Origins of the Steffanay family
The surname Steffanay was first found in Pembrokeshire
at Prendergast. Alternatively, the name could have derived from Stepney, which is today a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London's East End. The place dates back to c. 1000 where is was listed as Stybbanhythe and later in the Domesday Book
it was listed as Stibanhede. In this latter case, the place name meant "landing place of a man called Stybba." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Steffanay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steffanay research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1618, 1676, 1640, 1643, 1663 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Steffanay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Steffanay Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Stepney, Stepny, Stepnie and others.
Early Notables of the Steffanay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Stepney, 1st Baronet; Sir John Stepney, 3rd Baronet
(1618-ca.1676), a Welsh
politician who sat in the House of... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steffanay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steffanay family to Ireland
Some of the Steffanay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steffanay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Steffanay or a variant listed above: Thomas Stepney who settled in Virginia in 1610; ten years before the "Mayflower"; followed by Thomas in 1624; and Samuell in 1670; John Stepney settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1775.
The Steffanay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et vigilantia
Motto Translation: By faith and vigilance.