The surname of STEVENSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Stephen'. Early records of the name mention Gilbert Stephanu who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Lincolnshire. Nicholas Fitz Stevenson was Chaplain of Scotland in 1372. Adam Stevenson, was documented in the year 1427 in County Essex. John Stevenson was a merchant in Aberdeen in 1454. Katherin Steverson, 1656 Scotland. James Stephenson and Flora Young were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1739. George STEPHENSON, English Engineer (1781-1848) built the first railway, Stockton-Darlington and greatly improved the locamotive engine. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. 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.
Registered at Ounston, County Derbyshire, 1662.
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