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Where did the Scottish Stewart family come from? What is the Scottish Stewart family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stewart family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stewart family history?

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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stewart research. Another 793 words(57 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.

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Another 491 words(35 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stewart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stewart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stewart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Austin Stewart, who came to 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
  • Cha Stewart, who landed in America in 1652


Stewart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margt Stewart, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Malcom Stewart, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Alexander Stewart, a Jacobite captured at Preston, was among those banished to the plantations, transported from Liverpool to South Carolina aboard the "Susannah" in 1716
  • Jamaica Stewart, who arrived in America in 1724
  • Don Stewart, who arrived in Georgia in 1738


Stewart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Griselda Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Peter Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1802
  • Thomas Stewart, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Agness Stewart, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Alexr Stewart, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803


Stewart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alexander McIntosh Stewart, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906

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
  • Danl Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs. Stewart, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Abigail Stewart, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Stewart, aged 37, a farmer, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Janet Stewart, aged 37, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Donald Stewart, aged 11, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Isabella Stewart, aged 9, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Janet Stewart, aged 7, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803


Stewart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edmund Stewart, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Robert Stewart, a watch-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Stewart, a printer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alexander Stewart, a glazier, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Stewart, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Stewart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • A Stewart landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Stewart, aged 19, a baker, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • William Stewart, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • J Stewart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Indemnity
  • Charles Stewart, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


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  • James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997), American movie actor, nominated for five Academy Awards, recipient of one award and a Lifetime Achievement award. With the United States Air Force, he rose to the rank of Brigadier General
  • Martha Stewart (b. 1942), American businesswoman, media personality, and decorating and entertaining expert
  • George Rippey Stewart (1895-1980), American toponymist
  • John Quincy Stewart (1894-1972), American astrophysicist
  • Brigadier General (US Army, Ret.) Robert Lee Stewart (b. 1942), former NASA astronaut with over 12 days in space
  • Jon Randall Stewart (b. 1969), American country music singer, songwriter and musician
  • 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
  • John Young "Jackie" Stewart (b. 1939), Scottish automobile racer and winner of the Formula One Grand Prix championship in 1969, 1971, and 1973
  • William George Drummond Stewart (1831-1868), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Master John Knox Stewart, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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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.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Stewart
Aninley, Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, Comby, Conalee, Conaleigh, Conally, Conallys, Conaly, Conalys, Coneally, Conealy, Coneely, Conelay, Conelly, Conellys, Conely, Conelys, Conerly, Conilly, Conillys, Conily, Conilys, Conlay, Conlaye, Conlays, Conlea, Conleagh, Conleaghs, Conleas, Conlee, Conlees, Conleigh, Conley, Conleys, Conlie, Conlies, Conly, Conlys, Connalee, Connaleigh, Connally, Connallys, Connaly, Connalys, Conneally, Connealy, Conneely and more.

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The Stewart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stewart 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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