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Stephen Family History

Stephen Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the personal name Stephen, variant spelling of Steven.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Stephens, Steven, Stephan, Stephans, Stephani, Steffen, Steen, Tippen

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Where is the Stephen family from?

You can see how Stephen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stephen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stephen families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1891 there were 303 Stephen families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Stephen's in the UK. London had the highest population of Stephen families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Stephen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Stephen ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Stephen. 10% of Stephen men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Stephen women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stephen were Cooper and Unpaid Domestic.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Chartered Accountant
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Cooper
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 152,000 census records available for the last name Stephen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stephen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Stephen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Stephen. For the veterans among your Stephen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stephen lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Stephen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Stephen in 1950 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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