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This is one of the famous surnames of the Christian world. Recorded in over one hundred and sixty spellings including examples such as Stephen (English), Etienne (French), Esteve and Estevez (Spanish and Catalonian), Stefano (Italian), Steffen (German), Tschepe (Czech), and found in every European country, it is one which is ultimately of Ancient Greek origin. However spelt it derives from the word "stephanos", meaning crown or wreath. The name is found in England before the Norman Conquest of 1066, but only as a monk's name in its Latin form of "Stefanus", and as such is recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086.

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