Steward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland's history is inextricably linked to that of the Royal Clan, the Clan Stewart. The surname Steward was an occupational name for a steward, the official in charge of a noble household and its treasury. It derives from the Old English word "stigweard," a compound of "stig," or "household," and "weard," or "guardian." 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 Steward family

The surname Steward was first found in Scotland, where records of Steward as a surname, and not just an occupation began to be found from the 13th century. The ancestors of the famed Royal Stewart line of Scotland descend from a family Breton nobles named Flaald, the name is therefore of Anglo-Norman extraction. The name arrived in Britain with Alan, a knight who settled in Oswestry in Shropshire.

Early History of the Steward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steward research. Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1371, 1371, 1714, 1688, 1720, 1745, 1746, 1807, 1343, 1405, 1382, 1405, 1479, 1503, 1504, 1476, 1504, 1467, 1504, 1452, 1508, 1545, 1567, 1565, 1659, 1598, 1662, 1641, 1653, 1692, 1675, 1728, 1714 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Steward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steward Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stewart, Steward, Stillbhard (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Steward family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan (Wolf of Badenoch) (1343-1405), third surviving son of King Robert II of Scotland, first Earl of Buchan since John Comyn (1382-1405), Justiciar of Scotia for a time, but not an effective one, held large territories in the north of Scotland before eventually losing a large part of them, remembered for his destruction of the royal burgh of Elgin and its cathedral, nickname was earned due to his notorious cruelty and rapacity but there is no proof that it was used during his lifetime; John Stewart, Earl of Mar...
Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Steward family to Ireland

Some of the Steward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Steward migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Steward, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Charles Steward in Virginia in 1635
  • Charles Steward, who landed in Maryland in 1640 [1]
  • John Steward, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [1]
  • John Steward, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gawhon Steward, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Robert Steward, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Peter Steward, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Donald Steward, who landed in South Carolina in 1716 [1]
  • Daniel Steward, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John C Steward, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • David Steward, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Samuel Steward, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Geo Steward, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Thomas Steward, aged 23, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Steward migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Allen Steward, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Steward, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Steward, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Daniel Steward, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Elis Stewd Steward, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Steward migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Steward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Steward, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Charles Steward, (b. 1820), aged 19, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Lady Raffles" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th September 1839 [3]
  • R. Steward, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849 [4]
  • George Steward, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [5]

New Zealand Steward migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Steward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Captain Steward, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and Auckland New Zealand on 6th September 1855 [6]
  • Mr. William Steward, (b. 1831), aged 32, British weaver travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [6]
  • J. W. Steward, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Fruing" in 1875
  • William Steward, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Steward (post 1700) +

  • William Steward, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1803-04 [7]
  • S. V. Steward, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924 [7]
  • Oramel G. Steward, American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from East Montpelier, 1888 [7]
  • Morris P. Steward, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [7]
  • Nellie Lee Steward, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924 [7]
  • Lewis Steward (1824-1896), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1876; U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1891-93 [7]
  • L. L. Steward Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1952, 1956 [7]
  • John L. Steward, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Concepcion, 1926 [7]
  • John Steward, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1863-64 [7]
  • John A. III Steward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [7]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Charles Steward, British Assistant Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [8]


The Steward Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.


Suggested Readings for the name Steward +

  • 48 The Sampson Stewarts by Morris Monroe Stewart, The Family of Thomas Stewart of Madison County, Alabama by Mary Bivins Geron Countess.

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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