Where is my name from?

My last name is Stivers. What country and/or ethnicity is my name?

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  • According to Ancestry.com:

    “Possibly an Americanized spelling of Dutch Stijvers, occupational name from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch stiven ‘to play the flute or shawm’ (from Middle Dutch stive ‘flute’).”

    According to another web page, “stiver” was a Dutch currency (coin?).

    Source(s): http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=…
    http://www.dumboozle.com/famhist/lowe.html

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