Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a typo? Is it a name?
Today’s mystery name comes from a Cornish parish register in the 1580s.
Unless there’s a scribe who’s really confused about how to spell feminine forms of Stephen, we haven’t really any clue what name this is supposed to be, or whether the editor has even managed to represent the original source material correction.
On the other hand, there are some weird and unusual names in Cornwall that turn up in the 16th C, and maybe this is one of them — do we have any Cornish experts reading? If you’ve got any ideas about the origin of this name, please share in the comments!