Stairs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stairs family

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.

Early History of the Stairs family

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Stairs Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Stairs family (pre 1700)

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Stairs Ranking

In the United States, the name Stairs is the 17,131st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Stairs migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Stairs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Stairs, who arrived in New York in 1838 [2]

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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  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) on Facebook