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The German name Stephan, 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.

Stephan Early Origins



The surname Stephan 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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Stephan Spelling Variations


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Stephan Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Stephan include Steffens, Stefens, Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Steffe, Steffen, Stephan, Stoffen, Steffl, Steffensen, Stephansen, Stilfens, Stilphen, Stilphens and many more.

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Stephan Early History


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Stephan Early History



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

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Stephan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stephan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North Ameri ca. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stephan or a variant listed above:

Stephan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulrich Stephan, who landed in America in 1710
  • Philip Stephan, who landed in America in 1737
  • Susann Stephan, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Jacob Stephan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Ubrick Stephan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stephan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Chrestian Stephan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • Miss Stephan, who arrived in Brazil in 1828
  • Andreas Stephan, who landed in Ohio in 1835
  • Martin Stephan, who landed in America in 1838
  • Fr Heinr Stephan, who landed in America in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stephan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stephan (post 1700)



  • Doug Stephan, American radio talk show personality
  • Theodore M. Stephan, American politician, U.S. Consul in Annaberg, 1897; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Bremen, 1898-99
  • Robert T. Stephan, American Republican politician, Kansas State Attorney General, 1979-95
  • Maryland Stephan, American politician, Mayor of Berkley, Michigan, 2008
  • Louis C. Stephan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1935
  • George Stephan (1862-1944), American politician, U.S. Attorney for Colorado, 1924-29
  • Frederick Stephan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 1st District, 1866
  • Frank L. Stephan, American Republican politician, Idaho State Attorney General, 1927-29
  • Evart P. Stephan, American Republican politician, Mayor of Holland, Michigan, 1921-22
  • Charles H. Stephan, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Vladivostok, 1922; Harbin, 1924; Dairen, 1926; Seoul, 1929-32; Nagoya, 1938; U.S. Consul in Fort William, 1949; Port Arthur, 1949
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    11. ...

    The Stephan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stephan 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.

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