Steward name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Steward

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Stew"ard
  1. A man employed in a large family, or on a large estate, to manage the domestic concerns, supervise other servants, collect the rents or income, keep accounts, and the like."Worthy to be stewards of rent and land." [Chaucer.]"They came near to the steward of Joseph's house." [Gen. xliii. 19.]"As good stewards of the manifold grace of God." [1 Pet. iv. 10.]
  2. A person employed in a hotel, or a club, or on board a ship, to provide for the table, superintend the culinary affairs, etc. In naval vessels, the captain's steward, wardroom steward, steerage steward, warrant officers steward, etc., are petty officers who provide for the messes under their charge.
  3. A fiscal agent of certain bodies; as, a steward in a Methodist church.
  4. In some colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the kitchen; also, an officer who attends to the accounts of the students.
  5. In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands.

Etymology: OE. stiward, AS. stīweard stigweard, literally, a sty ward; stigu sty + weard warden, guardian, -- his first duty having been probably to attend to the domestic animals. √164. See Sty pen for swine, Ward

verb Stew"ard
To manage as a steward.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
  2. A union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management
  3. Someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else
  4. An attendant on an airplane
  5. The ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements

From Middle English steward, from Old English stīweard, stīġweard (“steward, housekeeper, one who has the superintendence of household affairs, guardian”), from stīġ in the sense house, hall + weard (“ward, guard, guardian, keeper”). Compare Icelandic stívarður (“steward”). More at sty, ward.

  1. A person who manages the property or affairs for another entity, particularly (historical) the chief administrator of a medieval manor.
  2. A ship's officer who is in charge of making dining arrangements and provisions.
  3. A flight attendant, (chiefly) a male flight attendant.
  4. A union member who is selected as a representative for fellow workers in negotiating terms with management.
  5. A person who has charge of buildings and/or grounds and/or animals.
  6. A fiscal agent of certain bodies.
    a in a Methodist church
  7. In some colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the kitchen; also, an officer who attends to the accounts of the students.
  8. In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands.
  9. In information technology, somebody who is responsible for managing a set of projects, products or technologies and how they affect the IT organization to which they belong.

steward was also found in the following language(s): French and Romanian

Notable Persons Named Steward

Notable Persons Named Steward

Steward Hendler

Steward Hendler is a film director. Steward was born on December 22nd, 1978 in California.

Steward Ceus

Steward Ceus is a soccer player for the Albany Great Danes, Colorado Rapids, Charlotte Eagles, Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening, Atlanta Silverbacks, and Haiti national football team. Steward was born on March 26th, 1987 in West Haverstraw, New York, United States.

Steward Sambo

Steward Sambo is an athlete for the RKSV Centro Dominguito.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Steward

Notable Persons With the Last Name Steward

Emanuel Steward

Emanuel Steward was a boxer. Emanuel was born on July 7th, 1944 in Bottom Creek, West Virginia. He died on October 25th, 2012.

Danny Boy

Danny Boy is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, and gospel music musician. He was most active from 1994 to present. Danny was given the name Danny Boy Steward on October 31st, 1977. Danny is also known as DB.

David Steward

David Steward is a chairman and founder of world wide technology, inc., world wide technology, and chairman and founder ofworld wide technology. David was given the name David L. Steward in 1951 in Chicago.

Juliany Haynes Steward

Juliany Haynes Steward was an anthropologist. Juliany was born on January 31st, 1902 in Washington, D.C. He breathed his last breath on February 6th, 1972.

Samuel Morris Steward

Samuel Morris Steward was a novelist and tattoo artist. Samuel was born on July 23rd, 1909 in Woodsfield, Ohio. He passed away on December 31st, 1993.

Marie Doro

Marie was given the name Marie Katherine Steward on May 25th, 1882 in Duncannon, Pennsylvania, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 9th, 1956.

  • Tony Steward
  • Miguel Migs
  • Susan McKinney Steward
  • Pat Steward
  • Theophilus Gould Steward
    Military Person
  • Richard Steward
  • Helen Steward
    Analytic Philosopher
  • Sir William Steward
    Member of Parliament
  • Joseph Steward
  • Lewis Steward
  • Augustine Steward

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Steward U.S.
  White 55.49% 64.26%
  African American 37.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Steward

People with the last name Steward are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Steward

  • How Popular is the name Steward? Steward is the 9,523rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Steward was the 1,610th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Steward have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,229 babies born with the first name Steward in the United States. That's more than enough people named Steward to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Steward? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Steward first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Steward is Tuesday, October 19th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Steward born? The highest recorded use of the first name Steward was in 1920 with a total of 37 babies.
  • Random Steward Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Steward is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Steward: The name spelled backwards is Drawets. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wrdeats. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Steward? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,318 people with the last name Steward.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Steward? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Steward as their last name.
  • Steward name meaning

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