Steadman Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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This interesting surname is a variant of Stead, which is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible origins, the first being a locational name from Stead in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or from some other place taking its name from the Old English pre 7th Century “stede”, farm, estate, place. More common variations are: Steademan, Steadmann, Steaadman, Steadhman, Steadmman, Stedman, Stadman, Steademann, Steedman, Stiedman.

The surname Steadman first appeared in Gloucestershire Where they held a family seat from very early times, where they were Lords of the manor. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Uchtred Stede, dated 1180, in the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire. It was during the reign of King Henry 11, who was known as “The Builder of Churches” dated 1154-1189.  Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.  Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

Some of the people with the name Steadman who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included John Steadman who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1686. People with the surname Steadman who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Catherine Steadman, who settled in Virginia in 1741.  Ann and James Steadman, who settled in Maryland in 1742. Some of the people with the surname Steadman who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James Steadman, who landed in New York in 1822. Some of the population with the surname Steadman who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Mr. Steadman, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Mandarin.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three boars’ heads couped sa. Crest—A demi griffin or.
2) (Scotland, 16th century). Ar. a fess vert betw. three snails az.
3) (Scotland, 16th century). Ar. two snails in chief az. and in base a bunch of three holly leaves vert.

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