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Stewart Name Meaning

Scottish: originally an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate, from Middle English stiward, Old English stigweard, stiweard, a compound of stig ‘house(hold)’ + weard ‘guardian’. In Old English times this title was used of an officer controlling the domestic affairs of a household, especially of the royal household; after the Conquest it was also used more widely as the native equivalent of Seneschal for the steward of a manor or manager of an estate.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Seward, Ewart, Start, Stobart, Stegall, Dewart, Spear, Steer, Swart

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Where is the Stewart family from?

You can see how Stewart families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stewart family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stewart families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,568 Stewart families living in Lancashire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Stewart's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Stewart families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Stewart surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Stewart ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Stewart. 9% of Stewart men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Stewart women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stewart were Retired and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Retired
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 435,000 immigration records available for the last name Stewart. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 373,000 military records available for the last name Stewart. For the veterans among your Stewart ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stewart lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stewart life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Stewart in 1940 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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