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The surname Steyer was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stieber, Stiebar, Steyber, Steybar, Steuber, Steubar, Stiebel, Stiebal and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steyer research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1795, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Steyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Steyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Tobias, Steyer Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1769

Steyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gustav Steyer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Fritz Steyer, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Steyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Franz Steyer, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Else Steyer, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Franz Steyer, aged 54, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Franz Steyer, aged 0, who landed in America from Mor, Hungary, in 1907
  • Elsa Steyer, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908


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  • James "Jim" P. Steyer (b. 1956), American child advocate, civil rights attorney, professor and author
  • Thomas "Tom" Fahr Steyer (b. 1957), American asset manager, philanthropist and environmentalist development banker
  • Thomas F. Steyer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008
  • Wlodzimierz Steyer (1892-1957), Polish naval officer and a Counter Admiral of the Polish Navy


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  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Steyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steyer 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.

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