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Stuart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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The Stuart surname is derived from the Old English words "stigweard" or "stiweard," which meant a "guardian of the house." Thus this surname is derived from the occupation of steward. As every great house, Earl and Bishop in medieval England and Scotland had its stewards, this office has given rise to many lines of this hereditary surname.


Early Origins of the Stuart family


The surname Stuart was first found in Devon, where the first on record appears to be Rogere de Stiwerd, who lived there some time between 1100 and 1130. Other early records include an Alwinus Stiward, listed in the Domesday Book in 1148 in Winton, Hampshire; Reginald le Stiward, recorded in the Rotuli Chartarum as being in Dorset in 1205; and Martin Stewhard who is documented in the "Rotuli Hundredorum" as living in Norfolk in 1275. Ancestors of this family name first held the office of steward under the lords of Dol in Brittany in the 11th century. As a surname, Stuart was first taken on in 13th century Scotland, where Walter FitzAlan (d. 1177,) a Norman noble, was created the "Great Steward of Scotland," by King David I of Scotland. This line of Stuarts became the ruling family of Scotland with King Robert II of Scotland in 1315, and the ruling family of Britain in 1603, when James VI of Scotland came to the English throne as James I of England. Not all bearers of this name can assume royal descent however; as in both England and Scotland in the early Middle ages, most every Bishop, Earl and manor had a steward, who may have taken on the name.

Early History of the Stuart family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stuart research.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1316, 1575, 1615, 1591, 1645, 1643 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Stuart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stuart Spelling Variations


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Steward, Stewart, Stuart, Steuart and others.

Early Notables of the Stuart family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was King Robert II of Scotland (1316-90); Lady Arbella Stuart (Arabella and/or Stewart) (1575-1615), a noblewoman who was considered a possible successor to Queen Elizabeth I of England...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stuart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stuart family to Ireland


Some of the Stuart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stuart family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Stuart or a variant listed above:

Stuart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Steward Stuart, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Austin Stewart Stuart, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Robert Stuart, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Oneale Stuart, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Stuart, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Stuart, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander Stuart, who arrived in New England in 1734 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Elizabeth Stuart, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1738 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Stuart, who landed in America in 1748 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Stuart, who arrived in New England in 1751 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizth Stuart, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Adam Stuart, aged 40, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Sarah Ann Stuart, aged 32, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Kinloch Stuart, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Stuart, who landed in America in 1809 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gilbert Stuart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Robert Stuart U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 278 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Alexanda Stuart U.E. who arrived in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 201 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Susannah Stuart U.E. who arrived in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 301 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Sarah Stuart U.E. who arrived in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 325 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald Stuart, aged 4, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alex Stuart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Ann Stuart, aged 2, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Stuart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Elenor Stuart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Stuart, a cabinet-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Stuart, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • Charles W. Stuart, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • John McDowell Stuart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Samuel Stuart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stuart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Stuart, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alex Stuart, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • A. Stuart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Charles Stuart, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Mr. Samuel Stuart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Inchinnan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 27th May 1852 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stuart (post 1700)


  • Jessie Hilton Stuart (1907-1984), American writer named the Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954
  • Gloria Stuart (1910-2010), American actress known for receiving an Oscar nomination at the age of eighty-seven, making her the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar
  • Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807-1891), American politician
  • James Ewell Brown Stuart (1833-1864), American military leader
  • Edwin Sydney Stuart (1853-1937), American politician, who was governor of Pennsylvania from 1907-1911
  • Ms. Sheena Ann Stuart M.V.O.,, British Housekeeper for Balmoral Castle, was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  • Reginald Charles Stuart (1943-2018), Canadian historian from Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Gordon Stuart (1924-2015), Canadian-born Welsh portrait artist, best known for his portrayals of Dylan Thomas
  • Lieutenant-General Kenneth Stuart (1891-1945), Canadian Chief of Staff Canadian Military Headquarters, England [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Kenneth Stuart. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Stuart/Kenneth/Canada.html
  • James Stuart (1897-1971), 1st Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, Conservative Party politician and Secretary of State for Scotland
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Stuart family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Fancourt Stuart (1919-1941), Australian Writer from Tarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  • Mr. James Richard Keith Stuart (1902-1941), Australian Stoker from Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alex Stuart, British Supply assistant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Alexander Stuart, Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

USS Arizona

  • Mr. Jean M. Stuart, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html

Suggested Readings for the name Stuart


  • Alexander Stewart, his Scots Ancestry and American Descendants by Dorothy Kintigh Sidfrid.
  • Stewart Family History, 1821-1982 by Ruth Ann Reiser Stewart.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Kenneth Stuart. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Stuart/Kenneth/Canada.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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