This surname of STINNETT was a baptismal name 'the son of Stephen'. 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. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The name was originally derived from the Latin form STEPHENAS, and it was often given as a monk's name after the Norman Conquest. Other spellings of the name include STENNET, STENNETT and STINNET. 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. A later instance of the name mentions William, son of Rowland Stennet, who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1726. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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