Stewart, Stuart A Scottish surname, in Old English stiward meant ‘one who looked after domestic animals’; hence by extension one who provide for his master’s table. Stuart is a variant of Stewart. In Scotland by the eleventh century the steward was chief of the royal household. In 1863 it was the sixth most common surname in Scotland, with an estimated 30,600 bearing the surname. In Ireland in 1890 Stewart was the fifty-eight most numerous surname and the estimated number of bearers was 11,400. In that year the surname was chiefly found in Antrim, Down, Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. In the United States Stewart is the 51st most numerous surname with an estimated 365,750 bearers, and Stuart is the 917th most numerous surname with an estimated 35,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 Stewart was the 110th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 Stewart was the 7th most numerous surname.