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Stairs Early Origins



The surname Stairs 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.

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Stairs Spelling Variations


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Stairs Spelling Variations



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

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Stairs Early History


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Stairs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stairs research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Stairs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stairs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stairs Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Stairs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stairs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Noble Stairs, who landed in America in 1795

Stairs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Stairs, who arrived in New York in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stairs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stairs (post 1700)



  • Jess M. Stairs (b. 1942), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1977-2008)
  • William James Stairs (b. 1956), Canadian politician, former Director of Communications for Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper
  • Denis Stairs B.Eng. OBE (1889-1980), Canadian engineer and businessman from Nova Scotia
  • William Machin Stairs (1789-1865), Canadian merchant, banker, and politician, Member of the Legislature for Halifax (1841-1843)
  • Allen Edison Stairs (1924-2010), Canadian businessman and politician
  • Ernest Whitfield Stairs (1873-1941), Canadian farmer and politician, MLA for York County, New Brunswick (1935-1939)
  • Matthew Wade "Matt" Stairs (b. 1968), Canadian Major League Baseball outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter who played from 1992 to 2011, World Series champion (2008)
  • Harriet H Stairs (b. 1945), Canadian Executive V.P. Bank of Montreal, Board of Governors of McGill University and Ryerson University
  • John Fitzwilliam Stairs (1848-1904), Canadian businessman, politician from Nova Scotia, elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1879
  • William Grant Stairs (1863-1892), Canadian explorer of Africa, member of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition led by Henry Morton Stanley in 1887

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Stairs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stairs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 May 2014 at 14:15.

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