Steyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Steyn family

The surname Steyn was first found in Holland, 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. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Steyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steyn research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1679, 1816, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Steyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steyn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steen, Steene, Steenes, Steens, Sten, Stene, Stenes, Stens, Steenz, Steenez, Stein, Stien, van Steen, van der Steen, Steyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Steyn family (pre 1700)

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


United States Steyn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steyn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hans Steyn, who settled in New Netherland in 1652
  • Clara Steyn, who arrived in New York in 1655
  • Clara Steyn, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1655 [1]
Steyn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Adam Steyn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Philip Steyn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Peter Steyn, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Frederik Steyn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Abraham Steyn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754

Contemporary Notables of the name Steyn (post 1700) +

  • Baron Johan van Zyl Steyn PC (1932-2017), Baron Steyn, South African jurist and Rhodes Scholar, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1995-2005)
  • Dawie Steyn (b. 1984), South African rugby union footballer
  • Etienne Steyn, South African singer and songwriter
  • Stephen Sebastian Leonard Steyn (1889-1917), Scottish rugby union player
  • Morné Steyn (b. 1984), South African rugby union player
  • Stella Steyn (1907-1987), Irish artist
  • Christo Steyn (b. 1961), former South African tennis player
  • Francois Steyn (b. 1987), South African rugby union player
  • Mark Steyn (b. 1959), Canadian-born writer, political commentator
  • Dale Willem Steyn (b. 1983), South African cricketer


  1. ^ 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)


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