England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stepney family lived in Pembrokeshire which is derived from the Old English word Stybbanhyp, meaning the dweller by the landing place.
Early Origins of the Stepney family
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 Stepney family
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Stepney Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stepney include Stepney, Stepny, Stepnie and others.
Early Notables of the Stepney family (pre 1700)
Baronet (1618-ca.1676), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of...
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Migration of the Stepney family to Ireland
Some of the Stepney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Stepney family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Stepneys to arrive on North American shores:
Stepney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Stepney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Stepney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Stepney (post 1700)
The Stepney 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.
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