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The origins of the Stead surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a man of mettle, or someone noted for his high spirits. In this case, this surname is derived from the Old English word steda, which means stud-horse or stallion.

Stead Early Origins



The surname Stead was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Stead Spelling Variations


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Stead Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Stead has been spelled many different ways, including Stead, Steed and others.

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Stead Early History


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Stead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stead research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1588, 1417, 1581, 1619, 1796, 1701 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Stead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stead 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Steads to arrive in North America:

Stead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Stead who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • John Stead, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Elizabeth Stead settled in Nevis in 1660
  • Doratha Stead, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Ann Stead, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Stead settled in New York State in 1774
  • Thomas Stead settled in Cape Fear North Carolina in 1774

Stead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Caroline, Daniel, Frederick, and George Stead settled in New York State in 1820
  • Thomas Stead, who landed in New York in 1832
  • John Stead, who arrived in New York in 1848
  • William Stead, who arrived in Mississippi in 1851
  • F Stead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Stead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Stead, aged 23, originally from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rosalind" from St. John's, Newfoundland [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-HPG : 6 December 2014), George Stead, 12 Dec 1919; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Rosalind, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Stead Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Stead, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1817

Stead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Stead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Eliza Stead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Cicely Mary Stead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • William Stead, "alias Mead", English convict from Sudbury, Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • John Stead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Stead, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • George William Stead, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Maria Stead, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Rosa M. Stead, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • George William Stead, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stead (post 1700)



  • William Force Stead (1884-1967), American diplomat and poet
  • David George Stead (1877-1957), Australian marine biologist, ichthyologist, oceanographer, conservationist and writer
  • Christian Karlson Stead ONZ, CBE (b. 1932), New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism
  • Edward Fraser Stead (1881-1949), New Zealand ornithologist, engineer, horticulturist and marksman
  • Christina Ellen Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist
  • Robert James Campbell Stead (1880-1959), Canadian journalist and author
  • George Christopher Stead (1913-2008), Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University

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Stead Historic Events


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Stead Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Thomas Stead (d. 1912), aged 62, English First Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-HPG : 6 December 2014), George Stead, 12 Dec 1919; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Rosalind, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

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  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Stead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stead 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.

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