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The German name Steffes, 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.

Early Origins of the Steffes family

The surname Steffes 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.

Early History of the Steffes family

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Steffes Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Steffes include Steffens, Stefens, Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Steffe, Steffen, Stephan, Stoffen, Steffl, Steffensen, Stephansen, Stilfens, Stilphen, Stilphens and many more.

Early Notables of the Steffes family

Notable figures of the time with the name Steffes 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 controversial...
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Steffes Ranking

In the United States, the name Steffes is the 13,402nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Migration of the Steffes family

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Johan Stefen, who sailed to New York in 1660; J. Steffen arrived in New York in 1709; Johan Jacob Stefan came to Pennsylvania in 1738; Adam Steffan arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750.

Contemporary Notables of the name Steffes (post 1700) +

  • Gary Steffes (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey player
  • Kent Steffes (b. 1968), American former beach volleyball player, Olympic gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Robert J. Steffes, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 6th District, 1978 2
  • Richard E. Steffes, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1938 2
  • John Steffes, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1933-34 2
  • Don Steffes, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Kansas State Senate 35th District, 2000 2

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