Stephenson Family CrestT
he English surname Stephenson, found also in Ireland and Scotland, is of patronymic origin meaning son of , or descendent of Stephen. The personal name Stephen is a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus, Greek Stephanos  meaning “crown.”  This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, supposedly stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ. George Stephenson (1781 - 1848) is perhaps the most notable bearer of the name, famous for his development of the railway engine, "The Rocket", and for being known as "The founder of the Railways."

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