The name of our family is written STIENEN and STIJNEN in the 19th and 20th centuries,
STIENEN during the French administration in Weert, STIJNEN in the 18th century
church records, and mainly STINEN in the 17th century and earlier.
It is pronounced ['Sti:nən] in its original form, which is
the probable cause of the different spelling variants. The earliest variant
with 'i' derives its pronunciation from the fact that is a single vowel
preceded by a cluster of consonants and followed by one consonant. Later
on - probably influenced by the Latin used in church records - the single
vowel was doubled to emphasise its pronunciation as a long vowel, hence
'ii' which is written 'ij' in Latin documents. Nowadays such long vowels
are written 'ie', where the 'e' is used to stress the length of the vowel.
Note that until today in Limburg - unlike in most parts of the Netherlands
- all three variants STINEN, STIJNEN, AND STIENEN are pronounced
['Sti:nən]. At the end of the 19th century
in Weert, we find the final separation of the names STIENEN and STIJNEN,
after which they are also pronounced differently: ['Sti:nən] vs. ['Stεinən]
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|ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS
|Note: For events before the introduction of Napoleon's Administration (app. 1798
= An VI) the dates refer to baptisms and burials rather than births and
deaths. The data is then found in the Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers
of the appropriate (Catholic) Parishes.
|ORIGIN OF THE DATA
The data on this site referring to events that took place before the
Second World War, is collected from the various archives. Among others
we visited the regional archive in Oosterhout, the municipal archives
in Weert, Breda and Eindhoven, the CBG in The Hague and the State Archives in
Noord-Brabant and Limburg. Data referring to events that took place after the war, was
collected from our relatives in Brabant, Limburg and the USA. We wish
to thank Mr. J. Stienen of Roermond, and the late father J. Stijnen whose
quests for the descendants of Stijnen and Stienen in and around Weert
could easily be linked up to our search for the ancestors of Stienen
in Breda and surroundings. Ellen Mischler of Little Chute, WI has helped
us out a lot by researching the files in the Register of Deeds office
in Outagamie County, Appleton, WI. Most Stienen pictures come from Mr.
M. Stienen of Breda.
Interested genealogists, whose kinship can be proven, can
receive the (partial) GEDCOM files on request.
The logo of "Stienen" contains the picture of Jan Stienen (born Jan Prinsen
in Meijel, on 10 July 1863) and his second wife Rosina Peeters (born
in Zundert, on 23 December 1864). It is a detail of a family photograph
taken in Rijen on 18 June 1937, on the occasion of the wedding of
Jan's grandson. Jan was almost 74 years old in this picture. The name
'Stienen', as it appears in the logo, is derived from Jan's signature
on the wedding certificate of his son Christ (municipal archive Breda,
1911, wedding certificate no. 68). Until the second half of the twentieth
century, parents had to approve of their children's wedding, until the
children reached the age of 30.
We are regularly updating these pages. Besides more
persons in the genealogy, you can expect articles about the origin
of our names, biographies of some of our ancestors and an extension
to the family picture album.
and do come back later!