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STEVENSON Family History
This interesting medieval surname, with some twenty nameholders recorded in the British "Dictionary of National Biography", is one of the patronymic forms of the personal name "Steven or Stephen". This name of ancient Greek origins, dates from the pre-Christian period, and translates as "The Crown", a meaning which no doubt contributed to its popularity over the many centuries. It first became really popular in Northern Europe during and after the famous "Crusades" to the Holy Land in the 11th and 12th centuries, when soldiers returning from these wars gave their children Hebrew and Greek names in honour of their fathers achievements...
Stevenson (Variants: Variants: Stephenson, Stephinson, Steavenson, Steevenson, Stevinson, Steveson, Steenson, Stenson, Stimpson)
An English relationship name from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Steven, Stephen + -son. Also Scottish and Northern English patronymic from the personal name Steven. Deriving from ‘the son of Steven’.
As a North American surname, it has assimilated some European cognates such as Stefan and Steffen and their derivatives.
This surname is also very common in Northern Ireland, where it has been interchangeable with Steenson and Stinson.
An English locative name from Stevenstone (Devon).
Early bearers of the surname include: Adam Steveneson, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (Essex); Johannes Stevinson’, 1377 in Poll Tax (Clennell, Northumb); Willelmus Stevensone, 1377 in Poll Tax (Watnall Chaworth, Notts); Thomas Stevenson’, 1379 in Poll Tax (Sheffield, WR Yorks); Johannes Stevenson’, 1381 in Poll Tax (Cottingham, ER Yorks); Willelmus Stevenson’, 1381 in Poll Tax (Boston, Lincs); Edward Stephenson, 1543 in IGI (North Elmham, Norfolk); Anthony Stephenson, 1562 in IGI (Hurworth on Tees, Durham); Margrett Stephenson, 1568 in IGI (Wingerworth, Derbys).
In 1891, the surname was recorded in England and Wales with 12,737 occurrences and an abundant 6,716 occurrences in Scotland.
In 1881, the surname was frequent in central Scotland, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It was also a top surname in the county of Nottinghamshire with 1,065 occurrences.
In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs. The most common Stevenson occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. A less common occupation was Agricultural Labourer.
David Stevenson, a Scottish convict from Edinburgh, was transported aboard the "Albion" on 29 May 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia.
Thomas Stevenson (1818-1887), Scottish engineer and meteorologist, born in Edinburgh.
Hilda Stevenson (1893-1987) was an Australian philanthropist and community worker. Her father, Hugh Victor McKay, was an Australia industrialist known for his invention of the first commercially viable combine harvester.
1881, 1891 Census
1881 Census in Nottinghamshire
Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016
1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain
1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain
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