(m) Also Stewart. Gaelic Stiübhart. This
famous surname originally meant ‘steward,’ i.e., ‘chief
of the royal household.’ The House of Stuart or Stewart
ruled in Scotland from 1371, and in England from 1603, until 1714.
Stuart, which is now the preferred Scottish spelling of the Christian
name, is the French form used by Mary, queen of Scots. Not surprisingly,
Stuart and Stewart are used more in Scotland than in any other
English-speaking country. Considered as one name, Stuart/Stewart
was in the Scottish top twenty in 1958. Both forms of the name
continue to be well used (occasionally for girls as well as boys
in the Galloway region).
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