Show ContentsSteger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Steger is a local surname; to be more precise, it is a topographic name, derived from a physical feature of the local geography. The specific derivation of the name Steger is from the word "steig," which means "narrow, steep path." This makes sense considering that the family name originated in the Alps in Switzerland.

Early Origins of the Steger family

The surname Steger was first found in the ancient city and canton of Berne, Switzerland, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which significantly affected the early development of Europe. The name, which held the baronial title since 1553, became prominent in local affairs. They branched into many houses which played important roles in the regional conflicts, each political group striving to maintain power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Steger family

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Steger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steiger, Steigere, Stiger, Steigel, Steig, Steigler, Steigner, Staiger, Staig and many more.

Early Notables of the Steger family (pre 1700)

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Steger Ranking

In the United States, the name Steger is the 6,199th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Steger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jerg Steger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Henrich Steger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Johannes Steger, who arrived in Long Island in 1781 [2]
  • Johnes Steger, who landed in Long Island in 1781 [2]
  • Johann Steger, who arrived in America in 1783 [2]
Steger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wolfgang Steger, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1844 [2]
  • Joh Steger, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [2]
  • Georg Steger, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [2]
  • Charles Steger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steger (post 1700) +

  • Charles William Steger (1947-2018), American academic, 15th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2000-2014)
  • Herbert F. Steger (1902-1968), American football player, coach and official
  • Michael Mateus Steger (b. 1980), American film and television actor
  • William "Bill" Merritt Steger (1920-2006), American judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • William M. Steger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, 1953-59 [3]
  • Joseph T. Steger, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Dunkirk, New York, 1960-69 [3]
  • Jill Steger, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2000 [3]
  • Christian Talbot Steger, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Rome, 1921; U.S. Consul in Corinto, 1926-30; Malmo, 1930; Beirut, 1932-38; Jerusalem, 1943 [3]
  • Christian Steger (b. 1967), Italian skeleton racer at the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Jason Steger, English-born, Australian journalist, a regular commentator on ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club
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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook