The history of the Steffaney family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Pembrokeshire
which is derived from the Old English word Stybbanhyp,
meaning the dweller by the landing place.
Early Origins of the Steffaney family
The surname Steffaney 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 Steffaney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steffaney 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 Steffaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Steffaney Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Stepney, Stepny, Stepnie and others.
Early Notables of the Steffaney 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 Steffaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steffaney family to Ireland
Some of the Steffaney 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 Steffaney family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Steffaney or a variant listed above were: 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 Steffaney 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.