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Steen Surname Meaning

North German Norwegian and Danish; Swedish (also Steén and Stéen); Dutch and Flemish (also Van der Steen): from Middle Low German stēn Old Norse steinn (Danish and Swedish sten) ‘stone’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived on stony ground or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked with stone (quarryman stonecutter or stonemason). As a Swedish name it is mainly habitational name from a placename such as Stenby containing the word sten ‘stone’; it can also be from the personal name Sten with the same meaning. Compare Sten . English: from the Middle English personal name Steyne (Old Norse Steinn Sten meaning ‘stone’). English: habitational name from any of various minor places in northern England and Scotland named with Old English stān ‘stone rock’ (northern Middle English stayn) or in the rest of England with Old English stǣne ‘stony place’ (Middle English stane stayne stene) including Steane (Northamptonshire) Stein Farm in East Dean (Sussex) Stains in Funtington (Sussex) what is now Old Steine in Brighton (Sussex) and Steyne in Chale (Isle of Wight). Compare Staines . Scottish: from a shortened form of Stephen . Irish and Scottish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Stiamhna ‘son of Stephen’ often Anglicized as McStephen or McStein.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Stein, Steven, Steer, Stien, Steeg, Stern, Stier, Street, Speer

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Where is the Steen family from?

You can see how Steen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 167 Steen families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Steen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Steen families in 1911.
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What did your Steen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Steen. 48% of Steen men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Steen women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steen were Merchant and Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Merchant

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Steen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Steen. For the veterans among your Steen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Steen lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Steen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Steen in 1942 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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