The Surname Stewart and Its Meaning and Family History

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Stewart is an occupational name for a steward or manager of a household or estate, or one who had charge of a king's or important noble's household. The surname is from the Middle English stiward, meaning "steward." Stewart is the 54th most popular surname in the United States and the 7th most common surname in Scotland with origins in Scottish and English. Common misspellings and alternate names include Stuart and Steward.

Famous People

  • Jon Stewart: The American comedian, producer, director, and writer who previously hosted the television show The Daily Show, a popular satirical news program on Comedy Central.
  • Martha Stewart: An entrepreneur and bestselling author famous for her DIY crafts, home decor tips, and inspirational recipes.
  • Rod Stewart: A British rock singer and songwriter who has sold over 100 million records.
  • Kristen Stewart: Famous for acting as "Bella" in the movie series Twilight, Kristen is an American actress and model who began acting in 1999.

Genealogy Resources

  • FamilySearch - STEWART Genealogy
    Access over 6 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Stewart surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Stewart Surname & Family Mailing Lists
    RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Stewart surname. In addition to joining a list, you can also browse or search the archives to explore over a decade of postings for the Stewart surname.

References: Surname Meanings and Origins

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Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.
Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.
Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.
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