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What does the name Stewart mean?

Stewart is a Scottish surname, where it is still relatively common. The surname Stewart is thought to be occupational, deriving from the Old English word 'stiward' (sty-warden) and refers to the person who looked after domestic animals. This meaning shifted over time to become the person who was in charge of a household, becoming a prestigious title. The most notable Stewarts are believed to have descended from a Breton knight, Alan fitz Flaad, whose son Walter fitz Alan relocated to Scotland and became the High Steward of the nation.

The earliest occurrence of the Stewart surname in our family history documents is from 1458, and we currently have 2,555,186 records where Stewart appears.

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