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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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The surname Stjohn was 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] Stanton St. John in the union of Headington in Oxfordshire was home to the family. "This place takes the adjunct to its name from the family of St. John, who held the manor in the reign of Edward III." [2] Another branch of the family was found at Warnford in Southampton. "The manor, in the reign of William I., belonged to Hugh de Port, whose descendant, William, assumed the name of his maternal grandmother, St. John: the old manor-house, near the church, is now a ruin called King John's, by corruption of the family name." [2] In the 17th century, "the family of St. John had a venerable mansion [in Battersea, Surrey], which was the favourite resort of Pope, who, when visiting his friend Lord Bolingbroke, usually selected as his study, in which he is said to have composed some of his celebrated works, a parlour wainscoted with cedar, overlooking the Thames." [2]

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.


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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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  • Thomas P. St. John, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 15th District, 1852-53
  • Seymour St. John, American Clergyman
  • John Pierce St. John (1833-1916), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for President of the United States, 1884
  • William St. John, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1953
  • Thomas St. John, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ridgefield, 1832-33
  • Samuel S. St. John, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1837
  • Robert St John, American Writer
  • Lester St. John, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Darien, 1851
  • John B. St. John, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County, 1848
  • J. P. St.John, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1868

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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.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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.

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