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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.

Steven Early Origins



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.

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Steven Spelling Variations


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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.

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Steven Early History


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Steven Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steven 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 Steven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steven Early Notables (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...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steven In Ireland


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Steven In Ireland



Some of the Steven 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • John Steven, who landed in Maryland in 1648
  • Richard Steven, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Martha Steven settled in Virginia in 1670

Steven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Steven, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • James Steven and Sarah Steven settled in North Carolina in 1775
  • Christian Steven, aged 23, landed in North Carolina in 1775
  • Christine Steven, aged 23, arrived in North Carolina in 1775
  • Chrn Steven, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1775
  • ... (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, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Steven, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Matthias Steven, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Bern Anton Leopold Steven, who arrived in America in 1849

Steven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Steven, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steven (post 1700)


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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

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Steven Historic Events


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Steven Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur Steven (b. 1901), Scottish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Glasgow, Scotland, 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



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. 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.
    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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Steven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steven 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 September 2015 at 16:08.

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