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Origin and Meaning of SurnamesStevens
English: patronymic from the personal name Steven. It is also found in this spelling as a Dutch and North German name, and as an Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish name, as well as cognate names in other European languages such as Stefan and Steffen and their derivatives.
A vernacular form of Latin Stephanus, Greek Stephanos '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.
First found in Gloucestershire where they were descended from FitzStephen, a Breton knight who was conjecturally descended from Count Stephen of Brittany and accompanied William the Conqueror into England and fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Spelling variations include: Stephens, Stevens, Stephen, Steven, Stiven and many more.
Coat of Arms: Blue and silver and at the top of the shield there are two eagles.Whittington
Crest: A half eagle displayed.
Motto: Virtutis amore.
Motto Translated: Through love to virtue
English: habitational name from any of a large number of places called Whittington, for example in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, and Northumberland. The place name could mean 'Hwita's settlement' (Old English Hwitantun), 'settlement associated with Hwita' (Old English Hwitingtun), or '(at the) white settlement' (Old English (æt ð?m) hwitan tune).
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Whittington in Derbyshire.
Spelling variations include: Whitington, Whittington, Whyttington and others.
Coat of Arms: Blue with three gold stars.
Crest: A goat's head.
Motto: Sapere aude.
Motto Translated: Dare to be wise.
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