Stephanay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stephanay family lived in Pembrokeshire
which is derived from the Old English word Stybbanhyp,
meaning the dweller by the landing place.
Early Origins of the Stephanay family
The surname Stephanay was first found in Pembrokeshire
at Prendergast. Alternatively, the name could have derived from Stepney, which is today a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London's East End. The place dates back to c. 1000 where is was listed as Stybbanhythe and later in the Domesday Book
it was listed as Stibanhede. In this latter case, the place name meant "landing place of a man called Stybba." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Stephanay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stephanay research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1618, 1676, 1640, 1643, 1663 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Stephanay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stephanay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Stepney, Stepny, Stepnie and others.
Early Notables of the Stephanay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Stepney, 1st Baronet; Sir John Stepney, 3rd Baronet
(1618-ca.1676), a Welsh
politician who sat in the House of... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stephanay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stephanay family to Ireland
Some of the Stephanay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 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 Stephanay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Stephanay or a variant listed above: Thomas Stepney who settled in Virginia in 1610; ten years before the "Mayflower"; followed by Thomas in 1624; and Samuell in 1670; John Stepney settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1775.
The Stephanay 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: Fide et vigilantia
Motto Translation: By faith and vigilance.