Steven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Steven was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the ancient personal name Stephen, meaning crown, wreath, or garland.

Early Origins of the Steven family

The surname Steven 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 of Ireland.

William Fitzstephen (fitz Stephen) (died c. 1191) was a cleric and administrator in the service of Thomas Becket.

Early History of the Steven family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steven research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1805, 1589, 1660, 1628, 1653, 1603, 1679, 1645, 1660, 1683, 1656, 1659, 1647, 1718, 1629, 1669, 1667, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Steven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steven Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few 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 Steven include Stephens, Stevens, Stephen, Steven, Stiven and many more.

Early Notables of the Steven family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Stephens of Finglas; Nathaniel Stephens (1589-1660), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1653, supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War; John Stephens (1603-1679), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Ireland Migration of the Steven family to Ireland

Some of the Steven family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Steven migration to the United States +

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 Stevens to arrive on North American shores:

Steven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Steven, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • John Steven, who landed in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • Richard Steven, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [1]
  • Martha Steven, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Steven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Steven, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • James Steven and Sarah Steven, who settled in North Carolina in 1775
  • Christian Steven, aged 23, who landed in North Carolina in 1775 [1]
  • Christine Steven, aged 23, who arrived in North Carolina in 1775 [1]
  • Chrn Steven, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1775 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Steven, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • David Steven, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • Matthias Steven, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [1]
  • Bern Anton Leopold Steven, who arrived in America in 1849 [1]

Australia Steven migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Steven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Norman Steven, Scottish convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Joseph Steven, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steven (post 1700) +

  • Trevor McGregor Steven (b. 1963), English football talent scout from Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • David Steven (1878-1903), Scottish professional footballer
  • Brett Andrew Steven (b. 1969), New Zealand tennis player from Auckland
  • Sir Trevor Steven Pears C.M.G. (b. 1964), British businessman and philanthropist, executive chairman of the Pears Foundation
  • Mr. Luke Steven Rodgers B.E.M., British Director and Founder for Foster Focus was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Children and to Families
  • Robert Steven Milsom (b. 1987), English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Notts County
  • Michael Steven Hessman (b. 1978), American former Major League Baseball first baseman and third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, and New York Mets
  • Ira Steven Behr (b. 1953), American Primetime Emmy nominated television producer and screenwriter, best known for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
  • Paul Steven Wanless (b. 1973), English former professional footballer and manager from Banbury, England
  • John Steven Mostyn (1971-2017), American attorney and the founder of Mostyn Law in Houston, Texas

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur Steven (b. 1901), Scottish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]

  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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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