Is there a definitive source for Stewart line from Scotland, Ireland and England?

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I have lots of Stewarts in my line and all of them seem to be named about the same. Each child in the line seems to name their children the same as the children of their brothers and this leads to so much confusion. Alexander, Andrew, Archibald, Christian, Charles, David, James, John and Robert seem to be the most used names among the Stewart males. With Mary, Margaret, Joan, Janet and Elizabeth for the females. Is there some definitive source for the Stewart line that would help in sorting out all these Stewarts?
in Genealogy Help by Sonja Ratliff G2G1 (1.9k points)

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Do you have a male Stewart you can get DNA tested? The Stewarts have a very large Stewart DNA Project. In fact, some Stewarts have DNA which can be aligned to the early Stewart kings! The Stewarts of Bute also have their own DNA markers.
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Your comment is interesting.  You mention a male, does the DNA

need to be a male?
Yes, it needs to be a male Stewart for the Y-DNA result. Females don't carry it, only autosomal DNA which we use for finding pedigree cousins. Sadly it is only good for the last 5 generations of our biological pedigree.

John
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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
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I grew up with a family tradition that claimed that my Stewart/Stuart ancestors were related to the Stewart royalty in Scotland. Maybe your ancestors or mine were royals, but I don't believe mine were. This is a rather common name in Britain, derived from an occupation ("steward"), so there probably are many different Stewart/Stuart families that are unrelated.

Good luck sorting out the Alexanders, Andrews, etc.!
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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Wikipedia is a greast sourice for information on the Stuart,Stewart,Steward, and many more spellings, I was sent this link maybe it will help you also https://archive.org/stream/stewartclanmaga00incgoog#page/n10/mode/2up  .

or the The Gartnafueran Connection:

hope this can get you going in the right direction

by Von Deavers G2G1 (1.9k points)
Hi Sonja, the short answer is yes, http/.//www.britroyals.com/stewart.htm. has all the information on the Royal Stewart's.

STEWART is a Scottish surname (also used as a masculine given name) Possibly of pre 7th century Old English origin, derived from Stigeweard the gentive prefix Stige meaning "hall" and the suffix weard meaning "gaurdian" or "warden". an alternative spelling is Stuart, this is French pronunciation as there is no consonant "W" in the French Language.

James I through James V had mistresses with issue, Legitimate or illegitimate would be given positions the in church or Kingdom, always in service of the King. some went to Ireland, several were imprisoned in England. also there are Scottish Clan Stewart. lands through out the Kindom, for example my surname is Stewart, my ancesters Stewart's lived Midlothian, Peebles and and the Borders. It is however the Maternal side of the family which provides the most historical interest, I am a decendant of The Black Douglas, the Douglas family were extremely powerful during the reigns of James I James II .  The best way to compile your tree is to start with known ancesters .one other thing that you will find invaluable is to enter maiden names.
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Hi there, I realize your question is quite old now, but if you're still looking... If you're from the Stewarts of Balquhidder line, this site could be very helpful.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rykbrown/principal_families.htm

Good luck!
by Alexandria Stuart G2G Rookie (260 points)
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Hi Sonja. Sorry for this late answer, but I have been busy working on https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Clan_Stewart. Sorry but there is no "definitive source" for your needs.

If you take a look at the above category you may be surprised at the number different "Stewarts Of" references there are. These will help to split the various "Alexander, Andrew, Archibald, Christian, Charles, David, James, John and Robert etc."  into the various cadets of clan Stewart.

 It may help, or just because of the shear size, cause more confusion. However if you have any questions on the Stewart Clan/s please drop me a quick e-mail and I will try to help.

by Allan Stuart G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)
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Stewart-6849 is Mary Queen of Scots. I have been watching "reign" on Netflix that is about her. I am descended from her cousin Elizabeth Queen of England.
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