Stetson (surname)

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The Stetson name is of English origin. It is believed to be derived from "son of Stedda or Stith".[1] The meaning is attributed as "son of the stupid, clumsy fellow" or "descendant of the stepson."[2]

American originEdit

The first Stetson in the New World to have descendants is believed to be Robert Stetson (1613-1702), who settled in Scituate, Massachusetts.[3] He had ten children, nearly all of whom had issue.[4]

Notable StetsonsEdit


  1. ^ Smith, American Surnames p. 42
  2. ^ Smith, New Dictionary, p. 491
  3. ^ Barry
  4. ^ Stetson


  • Barry, John Stetson. A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of the Name and Family of Stetson from the Year 1634, to the Year 1847 (Boston: W. A. Hall & Company), 1847.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames (Philadelphia: Chilton Book Company), 1969.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. New Dictionary of American Family Names (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers), 1973.
  • Stetson, Nelson M. Sketch of Cornet Robert Stetson: The Veteran Cornet of the Plymouth Colony Troopers, 1658 (Brockton, MA: Keystone Print), 1924.

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