On the Scottish west coast, the Stefinsin family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from Steven, and means son of Steven,
a variant of Stephen, which meant crown or garland.
Early Origins of the Stefinsin family
The surname Stefinsin was first found in Northumberland
, where they were established since the early Middle Ages at Knaresdale Hall, and at Newcastle on Tyne. By 1150, they had moved north to Scotland
in the parish of Newlands in Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), where Stevene Stevenson swore an oath of allegiance (recorded on the Ragman Rolls) to King Edward I
during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. Another early Scottish record of this surname dates back to 1372, when one Nichol fiz ('son of') Steven, chaplain of Scotland
, was given a license to take shipping at London or Dovorre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Stefinsin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stefinsin research.Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1454, 1477, 1505, 1479, 1548, 1580, 1594, 1455, 1455, 1781, 1848 and are included under the topic Early Stefinsin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stefinsin Spelling Variations
In various documents Stefinsin has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Stevenson, Stephenson, Stephinson, Stevenston, Steenson, Stenson, Steinson, Stinson, Stephenton, Stynson, Stevensint, Stevensynd, Stevensent, Stympson, Stevensend, Stevensant, Steanson, Stevensyn, Stephenston, Stephensyn, Stevinson, Stevensan, Stevensind, Stevensane, Stimpson and many more.
Early Notables of the Stefinsin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stefinsin family to Ireland
Some of the Stefinsin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 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 Stefinsin family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Andrew Stevenson, who arrived at Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630; Christian and Anne Stephenson, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Richard Stevenson, who came to Barbados in 1654.
The Stefinsin 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: Coelum non solum
Motto Translation: Heaven not earth