Stair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stair family

The surname Stair was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1195 when William de Stegre held estates in that county.

Early History of the Stair family

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Stair Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stair, Stayre, Stayer and others.

Early Notables of the Stair family (pre 1700)

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Stair Ranking

In the United States, the name Stair is the 13,404th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Stair migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Stair, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
Stair Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Cecil Stair, aged 27, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Queenstown, Ireland [3]
  • John F. Stair, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Monterey" from Havana, Cuba [4]
  • Charles Stair, aged 49, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [5]
  • Arthur Cecil Stair, aged 39, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [6]
  • Georgia Stair, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stair (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Gordon Stair (1933-2021), also known as Brother R. G. Stair and Brother Stair, an American radio evangelist based in Walterboro, South Carolina
  • Grace Cookson Stair, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1920; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1920 [8]
  • Fred R. Stair (1892-1972), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1942-43 [8]
  • E. D. Stair, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908 [8]
  • Carlyle B. Stair, American politician, Village President of Downers Grove, Illinois, 1942 [8]
  • Arlan Stair, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1948 [8]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLQ-64D : 6 December 2014), Arthur Cecil Stair, 13 Nov 1907; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPZ-34M : 6 December 2014), John F. Stair, 06 Jun 1908; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Monterey, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64H-3M2 : 6 December 2014), Charles Stair, 13 Sep 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FP-D2K : 6 December 2014), Arthur Cecil Stair, 26 Jan 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ND-K4Q : 6 December 2014), Georgia Stair, 18 Apr 1921; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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