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This is a British surname, although of Greek origins. Introduced into England in particular after the famous Crusades of the 12th century, it is one of the patronymic forms of the male given name Steven or Stephen, deriving from the Greek word "stephanos" meaning "crown" or "wreath". In ancient Greece athletic champions were crowned with a wreath of laurels in recognition of their victories, and, no doubt, many victors would have named their sons Stephanos to commemorate their achievements. It was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr.

SURNAME

Stevens: (Variants: Stephens, Stephans, Steffens, Stivens, Stevans)

Also interpreted as ‘The son of Steven’, an earlier form was ‘The son of Stephen’. Although, Stephen from Greek meaning ‘crown’, it is a cognate name in other European languages such as Stefan and Steffen and their derivatives.

William Fitzstephen (died c. 1191) was a cleric and administrator in the service of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1170, Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, which resides in the county of Kent. The conflict arose between Henry II, King of England over the rights and privileges of the Church.

In 1891 census, the total occurrences for England and Wales were 32,989 and 501 in Scotland. In 1881 census, the southern county of Kent was recorded as a top county for the surname with 3,597 occurrences.

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stevens in the UK, with Agricultural Labourers being the most common occupation. A less common occupation was a Carpenter.

William Stevens, an English convict, was transported aboard the "Asia" on 3 September 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia.

A noted Neil Stevens (1887-1949), an American mycologist and plant pathologist. His research mainly concerned fungal diseases of crops such as chestnuts, strawberries, cranberries, currant, and corn.

Another, Emily Pitts Stevens (1841 – 1906) was an American activist, who was involved in the Temperance movement in the United States to curb the consumption of alcohol. She was also an early San Francisco suffragist and the editor and publisher of The Pioneer, the first women’s suffrage journal in the West Coast of the United States. Also, the co-founder of the California Women Suffrage Association.

More recently, Mr. Alan Martin Stevens O.B.E.,, British Chair for the Board of Trustees at Disability Rights, UK, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29 December 2018 for services to People with Multiple Sclerosis.

Another, Dr. Claire Lamorna Stevens C.B.E.,, British Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and President for British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Children by Her Majesty The Queen.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Kent

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

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62507/supplement/N1

https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

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Jacques Schoeman

Hello. My great grandfather was born in Ireland between 1870 & 1890. From what my relatives told me it was in 1880. His name was Franklin Ruben Stevens. I believe he moved to South Africa in the 1920's. If I have any relative left in Ireland I would like to make contact with them please.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Stevens name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Stevens story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup O2] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Stevens surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Stevens story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Stevens story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

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