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Where did the English Stjohn family come from? What is the English Stjohn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stjohn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stjohn family history?

Stjohn is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Stjohn comes from the saint bearing the ancient given name John. It is possible that individual cases may derive from the original bearer's residence in one of several places called St. Jean in Normandy that take their names from the same source. Stjohn is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stjohn were recorded, including St. John, St. Jean, Singen and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where the family claim descent "from the great Domesday Baron Adam de Port, [who] took the name St John in the XII century on his marriage with the heiress of the powerful Norman family, so called." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stjohn research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1085, 1582, 1596, 1540, 1618, 1598, 1673, 1640, 1653, 1634, 1711, 1663, 1685, 1678, 1751, 1749 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Stjohn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 311 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stjohn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stjohn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Stjohn arrived in North America very early:

Stjohn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John St. John who settled in Virginia in 1654

Stjohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. W. M. St John, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Thomas St John, aged 55, who landed in America from Tipperary, in 1895

Stjohn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • William St John, aged 20, who settled in America from Tipperary, in 1901
  • Emily St John, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Guy B. St John, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Kilsey M St John, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mary St John, aged 20, who landed in America from Scarriff, Ireland, in 1907


Stjohn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Alpheus Spencer St. John who settled in Canada in 1835
  • Nellie St John, aged 24, who settled in St. Johns, Newfoundland, in 1897

Stjohn Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Michael St John, aged 33, who settled in Conception Habour, Newfoundland, in 1917
  • John St John, aged 30, who settled in Avondale, Newfoundland, in 1917
  • Mary St John, aged 31, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland,in 1923
  • Bernard St John, aged 42, who emigrated to Conception, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • Cyril St John, aged 27, who settled in Conception, Newfoundland,in 1923


Stjohn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel St. John, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

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  • Paige St. John, American winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
  • Jill St. John (b. 1940), American actress
  • Pamela St. John (b. 1950), American composer
  • Trevor Marshall St. John (b. 1971), American actor
  • Harold St. John (1892-1991), American professor of botany at the University of Hawaii
  • Andrew St. John (b. 1982), American actor
  • Charles Edward St. John (1857-1935), American astronomer
  • Jill St. John (b. 1940), American actress, best known for her role as the Bond girl Tiffany Case, in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Edward Francis St. John, of Slinfold, Sussex, Chairman of the Board of Guardians 1929-32
  • Edward Henry St John QC (1916-1994), Australian barrister, Member of the Australian Parliament for Warringah

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Stjohn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stjohn 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.

This page was last modified on 4 February 2015 at 12:35.

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