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

The origins the old family name Stuart can be found within medieval Scotland. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Scotland, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Stuart family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Stuart was an occupational name for a steward, the official in charge of a noble household and its treasury. One common alternate spelling of the name is a result of the influence of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was educated in France, and consequently spelled the name Steuart or Stuart.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Stuart, Steuart, Stuard, Sturt and others.

First found in Oswestry, Shropshire, where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror, their liege Lord.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stuart research. Another 927 words(66 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1316, 1390, 1745, 1371, 1371, 1714, 1688, 1643, 1726, 1591, 1645, 1608, 1681, 1676, 1681, 1634, 1701, 1683 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Stuart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stuart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stuart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information 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:

Stuart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Charles Steward Stuart settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Austin Stewart Stuart settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Robert Stuart settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Oneale Stuart, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Robt Stuart, who landed in Virginia in 1652


Stuart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Stuart, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Alexander Stuart, who arrived in New England in 1734
  • Elizabeth Stuart, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1738
  • John Stuart, who landed in America in 1748
  • Margaret Stuart, who arrived in New England in 1751


Stuart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizth Stuart, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Adam Stuart, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • Sarah Ann Stuart, aged 32, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Kinloch Stuart, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Thomas Stuart, who landed in America in 1809


Stuart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Gilbert Stuart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Stuart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Stuart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alex Stuart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Ann Stuart, aged 2, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald Stuart, aged 4, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Elenor Stuart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810


Stuart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Stuart, a cabinet-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Stuart, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles W. Stuart arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • John McDowell Stuart arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
  • Samuel Stuart arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839


Stuart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Richard Stuart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alex Stuart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Charles Stuart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Samuel Stuart, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Margaret Stuart, aged 46, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852


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  • Edwin Sydney Stuart (1853-1937), American politician, who was governor of Pennsylvania from 1907-1911
  • James Ewell Brown Stuart (1833-1864), American military leader
  • Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807-1891), American politician
  • Gloria Stuart (1910-2010), American actress known for receiving an Oscar nomination at the age of eighty-seven, making her the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar
  • Jessie Hilton Stuart (1907-1984), American writer named the Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954
  • Alexander John Mackenzie Stuart (b. 1924), Scottish judge
  • James Stuart (1897-1971), 1st Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, Conservative Party politician and Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Mr. Alexander Stuart (d. 1915), Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Bob Stuart (1920-2005), New Zealand WWII Naval Commander
  • Francis Stuart (1902-2000), Irish writer

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  • Alexander Stewart, his Scots Ancestry and American Descendants by Dorothy Kintigh Sidfrid.
  • Stewart Family History, 1821-1982 by Ruth Ann Reiser Stewart.
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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: Noblis est ira leonis
Motto Translation: The wrath of the lion is noble.

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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 Stuart
Ammie, Bararthy, Berarthy, Birarthy, Burarthy, Camey, Cammey, Cammie, Cammy, Curdie, Curdy, Feighney, Feighty, Flewass, Flewes, Flewess, Flewis, Flewiss, Flewys, Gamey, Gammey, Gilleglas, Glas, Glase, Glasey, Glasie, Glass, Glasse, Glassey, Glassie, Immey, Immie, Inney, Innie, Kamey, Kammey, Khimmie, Khimy, Kim, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kirdie, Kirdy, Kymmey, Kymmie, Kynnie, Kynny, Lawis, Lawris, Lawthis and more.

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