Show ContentsStimson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This scripture name, like many others, was not introduced here until the Norman Conquest, after which we find it in the form of Fitz-Stephen. It occupies a large place among our surnames in the usual genitive forms of Stephens. Stevens, Steevens, Stephenson, Stevenson, &c. A nicked or abbreviated form furnishes us with our Steen, Steenson, Stimson, Stimpson, Stinson, Stibbs: perhaps also Stubbs, Steff, Stiff, and Stennett. Tiffany and Tiffin, from Stephanus, belong to the same category. [1]

"This name was introduced into Britain by the Normans, with whom it was a favorite. Although found occasionally in England before 1066 its use then was due really to Christian tradition, Stephen (Stephanos) having been the first Christian martyr after Christ." [2]

Early Origins of the Stimson family

The surname Stimson was first found in Essex where Adam Steveneson was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Later, John Stephenson was listed at Whitby, Yorkshire in 1395. [3] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included an entry for Thomas Stevenson. [4]

In Somerset, we found the truncated entries for Philip Stevene; and William Stevene, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [5]

"The present family of Stimpson may possess an ancestor in John Stimpson, who lived at Burston, in Diss, in 1742." [6] John Stimpson from Norwich, Norfolk was listed there in 1742. [7]

The first record of the Stinson variant was found in Yorkshire where Corpus Christi Guild (Surtees Society) listed Joseph Stinson, but no date was given. Welford's History of Newcastle and Gateshead records "in a muster-roll of able-bodied men at Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1539 occur the names of: Edward Stynson; Stewyn Sotheron; Allen Stewenson; and John Stewynsone. [8]

Early History of the Stimson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stimson research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1296, 1455, 1552, 1581, 1583, 1584, 1585, 1624, 1654, 1685, 1742, 1764, 1833 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Stimson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stimson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stevenson, Stephenson, Stephinson, Stevenston, Steenson, Stenson, Steinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Stimson family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Stephenson (1552-1624), English Jesuit, born in 1552 of Catholic parents at Windlestone in the parish of St. Andrews, Auckland, Durham. He studied his humanities in England, and went through the higher course at the English College of Douay, then temporarily settled at Rheims, where he arrived on 22 June 1581. He was ordained priest there on 21 Dec. 1581, and was sent to the English mission on 13 April...
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Stimson Ranking

In the United States, the name Stimson is the 12,510th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Stimson family to Ireland

Some of the Stimson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 186 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Stimson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stimson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Stimson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Stimson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [10]

Australia Stimson migration to Australia +

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

Stimson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Stimson, British Convict who was convicted in Kesteven, Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Stimson, English convict who was convicted in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [12]
  • Augustus Stimson, aged 43, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [13]
  • William Stimson, aged 51, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • James Stimson, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Stimson (post 1700) +

  • Frederic Jesup Stimson (1855-1943), United States Ambassador to Argentina 1915–1921
  • Hugh McBirney Stimson (1931-2011), American sinologist and linguist
  • Carl Remus Stimson (1894-1936), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles Douglas "Cully" Stimson (b. 1963), former American career appointee at the Pentagon
  • Lewis Atterbury Stimson (1844-1917), American surgeon
  • Henry Lewis Stimson (1867-1950), American statesman, lawyer and Republican Party politician
  • E. J. Stimson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1873 [14]
  • Donald K. Stimson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1956 [14]
  • Daniel Stimson, American Republican politician, Mayor of Corning, New York, 1936-44, 1956 [14]
  • Azariah E. Stimson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1843 [14]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Frank Stimson, British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]

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  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  8. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  9. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  10. 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)
  11. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  12. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  13. South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved
  14. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  15. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook