The name Stewnes is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Stewnes was a name used for a stern person. The surname Stewnes is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Stewnes family
The surname Stewnes 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 Stewnes family
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Stewnes Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Stewnes include Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Stewnes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stewnes family to Ireland
Some of the Stewnes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Stewnes family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Stewnes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.