This name was taken to Ireland by settlers in the 17th century, where they mainly settled in Ulster, although the name is now widespread. It was was originally a baptismal name 'the son of Stephen'. The name was derived from the Greek EREOAVAS, meaning crown. It was often given as a monk's name after the Norman Conquest. Early records of the name mention STEFANUS (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1066. Stephanhus Capellanus was documented in 1134, County Somerset. Gilbert filius Stephani, listed in the year 1273 in County Lincolnshire. Alice Stephens was documented in 1279, in Huntingdonshire. Richard Stephens was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised, Dorothy, daughter of William Stephens at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1585. James Stephen married Flora Young at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1739. A notable member of the name was Joseph Rayner Stephens (1805-79) who was the Scottish social reformer, born in Edinburgh. In 1834 he was expelled from his Methodist ministry for supporting church disestablishment. He made a name for himself as a factory reformer, and opened three chapels in Ashton-under-Lyne and took an active part in anti-poor demonstrations. He was imprisoned for his struggles in 1847. This given name was originally derived from the Greek Stephanos, meaning 'crown'. This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ. The variant Stiven arose in Scotland at the beginning of the 19th century. A certain John Stephen of Charleston, near Glamis Castle, began to keep a journal in 1780 under the spelling Stephen, but by the time he came to write his last entry in 1830, he was signing himself John Stiven. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Arms registered at Chilcolm, Rosbercon, County Kilkenny, They were a branch of Stephens of Finglas and Charleville.
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