Show ContentsStetten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Stetten family was in the German state of Bavaria. Stetten is a local name for a person who lived in Nuremburg, where the family acquired vast feudal estates and lived in an elegant manor.

Early Origins of the Stetten family

The surname Stetten was first found in Nuremburg, where the name Stettner was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Stetten family

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Stetten 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 Stetten include Stettner, Stetner, Stettnen, Stettiner, Stettnel, Stettnle, Stettler, Stettina, Stetter, Stettnere, Stetter and many more.

Early Notables of the Stetten family (pre 1700)

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United States Stetten migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stetten or a variant listed above:

Stetten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Stetten, who sailed to America in 1853
  • Peter Stetten, aged 24, who arrived in America in 1853 [1]
  • Adam Stetten, who arrived in the United States in 1854
  • Adam Stetten, aged 22, who landed in America in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stetten (post 1700) +

  • Dewitt Stetten Jr. (1909-1990), American biochemist, Dean of the medical school of Rutgers University
  • Wolfgang Freiherr von Stetten (b. 1941), German lawyer and politician of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
  • Christian Freiherr von Stetten (b. 1970), German businessman and politician of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
  • Otto von Stetten (1862-1937), German General of the Cavalry in World War I

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook