Stephens originates from the Greek Stephanos and Stephen was the name of the alleged first Christian martyr. Stevens with a ‘v’ was more in use in England while Stephens with a ‘ph’ was used in Wales. The Welsh form of Stephen is Steffan so Welsh pronunciation reflects the root word more closely than its English version. Many Stephenses that went to America changed to Stevens so there is no definite way of guaranteeing the origin of these.
Famous people with the Welsh surname Stephens include:
Meic Stephens – Legendary Welsh folk singer.
(Arthur) Edwin Stevens – A Welsh inventor who designed the world’s first wearable electronic hearing aid.