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The German name Steffen, 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.

Steffen Early Origins



The surname Steffen 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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Steffen Spelling Variations


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

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Steffen Early History


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Steffen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steffen 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 Steffen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steffen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steffen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Steffen 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 Steffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Steffens to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Steffen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johan Steffen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1660

Steffen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • J. Steffen arrived in New York in 1709
  • Philip Steffen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johan Jacob Steffen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johann Adam Steffen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Margaretha Steffen, who landed in America in 1758

Steffen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Jul Steffen, who landed in Brazil in 1828
  • Miss Steffen, who arrived in Brazil in 1828
  • Mr. Steffen, who landed in America in 1839
  • Johann Steffen, aged 50, landed in America in 1843
  • Gert Steffen, who arrived in America in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steffen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Steffen (post 1700)



  • Walter Steffen (1886-1937), American professional football player, elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969
  • Otto Steffen (b. 1874), American Olympic sliver medalist in gymnastics at the 1904 games
  • Jim Steffen (b. 1936), American professional NFL football player
  • Alex Steffen (b. 1968), American writer and environmental futurist
  • Vincent B. Steffen, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1965-66
  • Roscoe B. Turner Steffen (1893-1976), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1932, 1934
  • John Steffen (b. 1868), American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 12th District, 1915-18. German ancestry
  • Beverly Steffen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1964
  • A. H. Steffen, American politician, Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska, 1933
  • Theodore Nicholas Steffen (b. 1929), American surgeon, who rose to the rank of captain with the Medical Corps in the United States Army
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Steffen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steffen 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 18 December 2015 at 07:34.

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