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Steven Family History

Steven Name Meaning

Scottish, English, Dutch, and North German: from the personal name Steven, 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. In English the variant spelling Stephen is almost equally common.

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


Similar surnames: Stevens, Steen, Steve, Stein, Steffen, Stephen, Stegen, Esteve, Sever

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Where is the Steven family from?

You can see how Steven families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steven family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steven 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 1840 there were 6 Steven families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Steven's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Steven families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Steven surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Steven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Steven. 21% of Steven men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Steven women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steven were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Steven. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steven 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Steven. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Steven. For the veterans among your Steven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Steven lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Steven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Steven in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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