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Origin and popularity of the name STEWART

Origin

Stewart : Scottish (Lanarkshire) and English: originally an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate from Middle English stiward Old English stigweard stīweard a compound of stig ‘house(hold)’ + weard ‘guardian’. In the Anglo-Saxon period this title was used of an officer controlling the domestic affairs of a household especially of the royal household; after the Norman Conquest it was also used more widely as the native equivalent of Seneschal for the steward of a manor or manager of an estate. In Scotland the term was also used of a magistrate originally appointed by the king to administer crown lands forming a stewartry.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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