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The name Steptoe is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who "treads lightly" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
or may refer "[to a person's] gait." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Steptoe Early Origins



The surname Steptoe was first found in various counties and shires throughout England. Early records of the name were very scarce yet one source claims that John Stepsoft who was listed in 1260 as a probable ancestor. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Many years later, William Steptoe was listed in the Hearth Tax Returns for Oxfordshire in 1665 and in 1674, John Steptoe was listed in the Hearth Tax Rolls for Suffolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
One branch of the family was established in Middlesex as Anthony Steptoe immigrated to America from there in 1676.

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Steptoe Spelling Variations


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Steptoe Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Steptoe have been found, including Stepto, Steptoe, Steptow, Steptowe and others.

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Steptoe Early History


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Steptoe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steptoe research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1751, 1753, 1788 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Steptoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steptoe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steptoe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steptoe 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Steptoe surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Steptoe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Steptoe (1653-1709) born in Middlesex, England who immigrated to Lancaster County, Virginia in 1676
  • Kingsmale Steptoe, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Penelope Steptoe, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Steptoe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Steptoe ( c. 1673-1719) born in Middlesex, England who immigrated to Lancaster County, Virginia c. 1705

Steptoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Steptoe, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steptoe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Steptoe (post 1700)



  • Syndric Marquis Steptoe (b. 1984), American former NFL football wide receiver who played from 2007 to 2012
  • Philip Steptoe, American co-founder of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm based in Washington DC in 1945
  • Lamont B Steptoe (b. 1949), American poet, photographer and publisher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • John Lewis Steptoe (b. 1950), American creator of award-winning picture books for children dealing with aspects of the African-American experience
  • Edward Jenner Steptoe (1816-1865), United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who served in the Mexican-American War and the Indian Wars, eponym of Steptoe Butte State Park and Steptoe Battlefield State Park, Washington
  • Robert M. Steptoe (b. 1920), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1963-68, 1971-72; Defeated, 1968; Member of West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 1975-82
  • Roger Steptoe (b. 1953), English composer, pianist and professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
  • Patrick Christopher Steptoe CBE FRS (1913-1988), British obstetrician and gynecologist and a pioneer of fertility treatment; had he lived until 2010, he would have been a co-recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

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Steptoe Historic Events


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Steptoe Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John H Steptoe (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Hambledon, Buckinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Steptoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steptoe 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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