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Stephens is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stephens family name comes from the ancient personal name Stephen,
meaning crown, wreath, or garland.
The surname Stephens was first found in Gloucestershire
where they were descended from FitzStephen, a Breton
knight who was conjecturally descended from Count Stephen of Brittany
and accompanied William the Conqueror into England
and fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Stephen FitzAirard was the captain of the "Mora," the ship which brought William the Conqueror over from Normandy
. His son was Thomas FitzStephen (died 1120) who was captain of the ill-fated White Ship (la Blanche-Nef), which sank off Barfleur, Normandy
, on 25 November 1120. There was of course, King Stephen (c. 1097-1154,) King of England
(1135-1154); he was the son of Stephen, Count of Blois and Chartres. Robert FitzStephen (d.1183) was a Welsh
soldier of Norman descent and one of the leaders of the Norman invasion
. William Fitzstephen (fitz Stephen) (died c. 1191) was a cleric and administrator in the service of Thomas Becket.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Stephens have been found, including Stephens, Stevens, Stephen, Steven, Stiven and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stephens research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1805, 1589, 1660, 1628, 1653, 1603, 1679, 1645, 1660, 1683, 1656, 1659, 1647, 1718, 1629, 1669, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Stephens History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stephens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Stephens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Stephens were among those contributors:
Stephens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Stephens, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
- Philipp Stephens, aged 28, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
- John Stephens who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Tho Stephens, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Phillipp Stephens, who landed in Virginia in 1636
Stephens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Guian Stephens, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1700-1701
- Grace Stephens, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Hannah Stephens, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Nicholas Stephens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712
- Edwd Stephens, who landed in Virginia in 1713
Stephens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Stephens, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
- Mary Stephens, who landed in America in 1805
- Edward Stephens, who landed in America in 1809
- Elnor Stephens, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Thomas Stephens, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
Stephens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thos Stephens, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Willm Stephens, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Stephens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Anne Stephens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
- Jane Stephens, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth
- Mary Stephens, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth
- Abraham Stephens, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth
- Catharine Stephens, aged 8, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth
Stephens Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- D Stephens, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Stephens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Frederick Stephens, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- George Stephens, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Edwards Stephens, a spinner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Stephen Stephens, a sawyer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Stephens, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Stephens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Stephens landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Alex Stephens landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
- William Stephens, aged 50, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
- John Stephens, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
- Samuel Stephens arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
- Linda Canan Stephens, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
- Ambrose Everett Burnside Stephens (1862-1927), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1919-27
- Willis Stephens (b. 1955), U.S. politician
- Woody Stephens (1913-1998), American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer
- William Stephens (1859-1944), U.S. politician
- Vern Stephens (1920-1968), U.S. baseball player
- Uriah Smith Stephens (1821-1882), U.S. labor leader
- Rockwell Stephens (1900-1982), American author and recreational skiing pioneer
- Sir Philip Stephens (1723-1809), 1st Baronet, British First Secretary of the Admiralty during the American Revolution
- John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852), American explorer and diplomat, best known as for his rediscovery of Maya civilization
- John Steevens of Guilford, Connecticut by Claude W. Barlow.
- Stephens-Stevens and Stevenson-Stephenson by A. Maxim Coppage.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
The Stephens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stephens 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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