Stclair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Stclair family
The surname Stclair was first found in Gloucestershire of Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Catherston. West Stowell in Wiltshire is now known as Alton-Priors.
These place names mean "stony spring or stream," from the Old English "stan" + "well." 
The Somerset is the oldest location dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Stanwelle. 
One of the first records of the family was Geoffrey de Stawelle, Somerset, 1 Edward III (recorded during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Richard de Stawell, Wiltshire; and Lecia Stowelle, Cambridgeshire. 
Some of the family were also found in Jacobstow, Cornwall. "The manor of Penhallam, which extends into the parishes of Poundstock, Week St. Mary, and Boyton, was formerly in the family of Newell of Somerset. Norden describes it as the seat of Sir John Stawell, then lately deceased. Lysons, when speaking of Penhallam, supposes that it came into the family of Sir John Stawell, by a match with the heiress of a Cornish family called Beaupre, or Belloprato. This circumstance probably drew this family from Somersetshire, and occasioned their settling in Cornwall." 
Early History of the Stclair family
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Stclair Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Staywell, Stawell, Stawel, Staywel, Stewel, Stewell, Stowell, Stowel, Stowle and many more.
Early Notables of the Stclair family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Stawell or Stowell (1599-1662), an English Member of Parliament and Royalist Governor of Taunton during the English Civil War. He was second but eldest surviving son of Sir John Stawell of Cotholstone, Somerset, by his wife Elizabeth. "The family had long been settled...
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Migration of the Stclair family to Ireland
Some of the Stclair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Stclair migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stclair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas St. Clair, who settled in Baltimore in 1783
Stclair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David St. Clair, who settled in Philadelphia in 1855
Stclair Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Urnnie St. Clair, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1905
- Joseph N St. Clair, who settled in America, in 1907
- Ralph Griffith St. Clair, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
- Geo. W. St. Clair, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1908
- Richard St. Clair, aged 40, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stclair (post 1700) +
- Richard St. Clair (b. 1946), American composer, educator, and pianist
- Margaret St. Clair (1911-1995), American science fiction writer
- Malcolm St. Clair (1897-1952), American Hollywood film director, writer, producer and actor
- Jeffrey St. Clair (b. 1959), American investigative journalist, writer, and editor
- Brigadier William Howard St. Clair (1892-1977), Commander Royal Artillery 3rd Australian Infantry Division from 1933 to 1939 
- Terry St. Clair (b. 1951), British folk musician, guitarist, and composer
- Isla St. Clair (b. 1952), Scottish singer and actress
- Gairy St. Clair (b. 1975), former IBF world junior-lightweight boxing champion
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The Stclair Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En parole Je vis
Motto Translation: I live on the word.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) William St. Clair. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/St._Clair/William_Howard/Australia.html