Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

18/11/2004

Stevenson Family History

The name Stephen or Steven comes from the Greek “Stephanos” which means wreath or garland.

The name was used in the Bible,New Testament, but the first to bring the name to Great Britain were the Normans in 1066. Supposedly, a daughter of William the Conquerer was married off to a Scottish Prince. Reputedly, she had spent time at the Court of Hungary where the Patron Saint was St. Stephen, and she named one of her children after the Saint, and as often happened, peasants thereafter named children after popular royal persons, and Stephan and its’ variants began. It was a very popular name with the Normans and they spread it rapidly throughout England and then into Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

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