Stuart (name)

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Stuart is a traditionally masculine given name as well as a surname. It is the French form of the surname Stewart. The French form of the surname was brought to Scotland from France by Mary Stuart, in the 16th century.[1] The surname Stewart is an occupational name for the administrative official of an estate. The name is derived from the Middle English stiward, and Old English stigweard, stiweard. The Old English word is composed of the elements stig, meaning "house(hold)"; and weard, meaning "guardian". In pre-Conquest times, a steward was an officer who controlled the domestic affairs of a household, especially of a royal household. After the Conquest, the term was used as an equivalent of Seneschal, a steward of a manor or estate.[2]

A variant form of the given name and surname is Stewart. Pet forms of the given name are Stu, Stew and Stewie.[1]


Given name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Disco Stu, a recurring character in The Simpsons
  • Stuart, original name of Peter Sam, a character in The Railway Series by Rev. W. Awdry
  • Stuart Chandler, a character on All My Children played by David Canary
  • Stuart Little, the main character of the E. B. White novel of the same name later turned into three successful films
  • Stu Price, recurring character from The Hangover series
  • Stu Redman, one of the main characters from Stephen King's The Stand
  • Stuart Smalley, a recurring character played by Al Franken on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live
  • Stuart, a minion from the Despicable Me franchise.

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  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Hardcastle, Kate, ed. Oxford Dictionary of Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. 
  2. ^ "Stewart Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 9 August 2009.  For the etymology of the surname Stewart this web page cites: Dictionary of American Family Names.