Stewart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland's history is inextricably linked to that of the Royal Clan, the Clan Stewart. The surname Stewart 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 Stewart family

The surname Stewart was first found in Scotland, where records of Stewart 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 Stewart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stewart 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 Stewart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stewart Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Stewart 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Stewart family to Ireland

Some of the Stewart 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 Stewart migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stewart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Austin Stewart, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Austin Stewart in Boston in 1651
  • Charles Stewart, a Royalist soldier captured at Worcester, sent to Boston aboard the "John and Sara" in 1652
  • Austin Stewart, who landed in America in 1652 [1]
  • Cha Stewart, who landed in America in 1652 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stewart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Stewart, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Malcom Stewart, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Alexander Stewart, a Jacobite captured at Preston, was among Thomase banished to the plantations, transported from Liverpool to South Carolina aboard the "Susannah" in 1716
  • Jamaica Stewart, who arrived in America in 1724 [1]
  • Don Stewart, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stewart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Griselda Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Peter Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1802 [1]
  • Thomas Stewart, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Agness Stewart, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Anne Stewart, aged 18, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stewart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander McIntosh Stewart, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906 [1]

Canada Stewart migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Sir James Stewart of Killeith, 4th Lord Ochiltree, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1629
Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Stewart, a settler who came with Governor Cornwallis to Chebucto, Nova Scotia in June 1749
  • Andrew Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Danl Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Stewart, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Hugh Stewart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alex Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Margaret Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • James Stewart, aged 37, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Isabella Stewart, aged 9, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Janet Stewart, aged 7, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
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Australia Stewart migration to Australia +

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

Stewart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Stewart, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr.Edward Stewart, (b. 1783), aged 36, Irish servant who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn" [3]
  • Mr. Robert Stewart, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Edmund Stewart, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Robert Stewart, a watch-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Stewart 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:

Stewart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A Stewart, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Stewart, aged 19, a baker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mr. John Stewart, (b. 1815), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [6]
  • William Stewart, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • J. Stewart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Indemnity" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th July 1842 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stewart (post 1700) +

  • James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997), American five-time Academy Award nominated actor, recipient of one award and a Lifetime Achievement award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. With the United States Air Force, he rose to the rank of Brigadier General
  • Joffre Lamar Stewart (1925-2019), American poet, anarchist, and pacifist
  • Samuel Lee Stewart (1954-2018), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1978 to 1987
  • Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart (1964-2017), known as Wendy Pepper, American fashion designer
  • William Payne Stewart (1957-1999), American professional golfer who won eleven PGA Tour events
  • Lynne Irene Stewart (1939-2017), American defense attorney, known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants
  • Alex Stewart (1964-2016), Jamaican professional boxer, bronze medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games
  • Charles "Chuck" Stewart (1927-2017), American photographer, known for his portraits of jazz singers and musicians including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis
  • Paul Wilbur Stewart (1925-2015), American historian, founder of the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center in 1971
  • Karen Davey Stewart (1953-2015), American helicopter skiing pioneer, co-founder of World Extreme Skiing Championship
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Donald Mathew Stewart (1944-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [8]
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Randy S Stewart (b. 1964), American Sergeant from Texarkana, Arkansas, USA who died in the crash [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Marguerite  Stewart (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mrs. Emma Stewart (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mrs. Alice May  Stewart (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas Stewart (b. 1911), Irish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Robert J P Stewart (b. 1910), English Chaplain serving for the Royal Navy from Bayswater, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Albert M Stewart (b. 1895), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Pimlico, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Stewart, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Stewart, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles David Stewart, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward S. Stewart, British Seaman with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Hugh Stewart (1915-1939), British Lieutenant (Instructor) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • Donald Cecil Clive Stewart (1920-1939), British Writer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Duncan Stewart, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Thomas Edgar Stewart, Scottish Assistant Steward from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [15]
  • Mrs. Christina Stewart, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
  • Master John Knox Stewart, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Albert A. Stewart (d. 1912), aged 54, American First Class passenger from Cincinnati, Ohio who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Thomas Lester Stewart, American Ship's Cook Third Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Stewart 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.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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