The earliest origins of the Stewn surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a stern person. The surname Stewn is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Stewn family
The surname Stewn was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Grendon from early times.
Early History of the Stewn family
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Stewn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Stewn are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Stewn include: Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Stewn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stewn family to Ireland
Some of the Stewn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stewn family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Stewn or a variant listed above: Abigail and Mary Stearns settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Isaac Stearns, his wife Mary, his son and four daughters settled in Massachusetts in 1630.