Stevenson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Stevenson comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from Steven, and means son of Steven, a variant of Stephen, which meant crown or garland.

Early Origins of the Stevenson family

The surname Stevenson was first found in Northumberland, where they were established since the early Middle Ages at Knaresdale Hall, and at Newcastle on Tyne. By 1150, they had moved north to Scotland in the parish of Newlands in Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), where Stevene Stevenson swore an oath of allegiance (recorded on the Ragman Rolls) to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Another early Scottish record of this surname dates back to 1372, when one Nichol fiz ('son of') Steven, chaplain of Scotland, was given a license to take shipping at London or Dovorre. [1]

Early History of the Stevenson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stevenson research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1454, 1477, 1505, 1479, 1548, 1580, 1594, 1455, 1455, 1781, 1848 and are included under the topic Early Stevenson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stevenson Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Stevenson has appeared as Stevenson, Stephenson, Stephinson, Stevenston, Steenson, Stenson, Steinson, Stinson, Stephenton, Stynson, Stevensint, Stevensynd, Stevensent, Stympson, Stevensend, Stevensant, Steanson, Stevensyn, Stephenston, Stephensyn, Stevinson, Stevensan, Stevensind, Stevensane, Stimpson and many more.

Early Notables of the Stevenson family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Stevenson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Stevenson family to Ireland

Some of the Stevenson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Stevenson migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stevenson or a variant listed above:

Stevenson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Stevenson settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Andrew Stevenson, who arrived at Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
  • Christ Stevenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • Phill Stevenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Richard Stevenson, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stevenson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Allen Stevenson, who arrived in America in 1700 [2]
  • James Stevenson, who arrived in New England in 1728 [2]
  • Thomas Stevenson, who landed in Virginia in 1740 [2]
  • Barnabas Stevenson, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [2]
  • Robert Stevenson, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stevenson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Stevenson, who arrived in America in 1802 [2]
  • James Stevenson, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]
  • Martha Stevenson, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [2]
  • Thomas Stevenson, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • William Stevenson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Stevenson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stevenson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Stevenson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William and Mathew Stevenson, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1760 [3]
  • Martha Stevenson, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. William Stevenson U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
Stevenson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Stevenson, aged 65, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Andrew Stevenson, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Donald Stevenson, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Sam Stevenson, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • Samuel Stevenson, who arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Stevenson migration to Australia +

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

Stevenson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Stevenson, a butcher, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Stevenson, a nailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Stevenson, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Alexander Stevenson, English convict from Oyer, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • George Stevenson, aged 37, a secretary, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Stevenson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Stevenson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Burleigh R Stevenson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Stevenson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isabella Blair Stevenson, aged 50, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Ann Stevenson, aged 30, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • James Stevenson, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stevenson (post 1700) +

  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Thyra Kay Stevenson (1944-2020), American politician, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives (2012-2014)
  • Harold Moncreau Stevenson Jr. (1929-2018), American painter known for his paintings of the male nude
  • William S. Stevenson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Clay Center, Kansas, 1959-73 [8]
  • William Henry Stevenson (1891-1978), American Republican politician, La Crosse County District Attorney, 1940; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1941-49; Defeated, 1948 [8]
  • William Francis Stevenson (1861-1942), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1896; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1917-33 [8]
  • William Erskine Stevenson (1820-1883), American Republican politician, President of the West Virginia State Senate, 1865-68; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1864; Governor of West Virginia, 1869-71; Defeated, 1870 [8]
  • William Edwards Stevenson (1900-1985), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Philippines, 1961-64 [8]
  • William D. Stevenson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1891-92, 1895 (Washington County 1st District 1891-92, Washington County 1895) [8]
  • William Stevenson (b. 1837), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1883 [8]
  • ... (Another 140 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Anthony James Leonard Stevenson (d. 1979), New Zealander passenger, from Picton, South Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [9]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Margaret Stevenson (1881-1914), née Hardy Irish Third Class Passenger from Belfast, Ireland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mrs. Fanny Stevenson (1873-1914), née Riddell Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Charles Alexander Stevenson (1867-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Christina  Stevenson (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Basil P Stevenson, Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Noel Stevenson (b. 1920), English Ordnance Artificer 5th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Wimbledon, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Stevenson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Stevenson, British Coder, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Stevenson, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Stevenson (1916-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
  • Edward John Stevenson (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • John Charles Stevenson (1950-1988), English Passenger from Surrey, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [16]
  • Geraldine Anne Stevenson (1951-1988), English Passenger from Surrey, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [16]
  • Hannah Louise Stevenson (1978-1988), English Passenger from Surrey, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [16]
  • Rachael Stevenson (1980-1988), English Passenger from Surrey, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Hugh Stevenson, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Yonkers, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Miss Elizabeth P. Stevenson, American 2nd Class passenger from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mrs. Janet M. Stevenson, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Cleveland, Ohio, USA returning to Aberdeen, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Frank Jake Stevenson, American Private First Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Stevenson 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: Coelum non solum
Motto Translation: Heaven not earth


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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ 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 http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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