This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is found particularly in the southern English counties of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. The surname is topographical, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century word 'staeger' meaning 'stair', used in the transferred sense of an ascent or rise in the ground. The element can be seen in placenames such as Stairbridge farm in Bolney, and Steer's Common, in Sussex, and in the Stair, in Kent. Locational names were usually given to the Lord of the manor and especially to those former inhabitants who left to live or work in another area. The modern surname can be found as Stare, Stair, Stares, and Stairs. James Stares married Elenor Antrum on the 8th February 1677 at Rowner in Hampshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Stegre, which was dated 1195, in the Kent Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as the Lionheart, 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Stair — (st[^a]r), n. [OE. steir, steyer, AS. st[=ae]ger, from st[imac]gan to ascend, rise. [root]164. See {Sty} to ascend.] 1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; commonly applied to those within a building. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stair — W3S2 [steə US ster] n ↑banister, ↑stair, ↑step [: Old English; Origin: stAger] 1.) stairs [plural] a set of steps built for going from one level of a building to another →↑upstairs, downstairs ↑downstairs up/down the stairs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stair — [ ster ] noun *** 1. ) stairs plural a set of steps that allow you to go from one level of a building to another: They heard footsteps on the stairs. up/down the stairs: John raced down the stairs to answer the door. the top/head of the stairs:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stair — (n.) O.E. stæger flight of steps, also a single step, from P.Gmc. *staigri (Cf. O.N., O.Fris. stiga, M.Du. stighen, O.H.G. stigan, Ger. steigen, Goth. steigan to go up, ascend; O.E. stigan to climb, go; Ger. Steig path, O …   Etymology dictionary

  • stair — stair; back·stair; …   English syllables

  • Stair — (spr. Stähr), 1) James Dalrymple, Viscount von S., aus der alten Familie Dalrymple stammend, geb. 1619, wurde. unter Cromwell 1657 Richter beim schottischen Court of Session, erklärte sich nach Cromwells Tode für die Restauration Karls II., wurde …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Stair — (spr. ßtǟr), 1) John Dalrymple, erster Graf von, brit. Staatsmann, geb. 1648, gest. 18. Jan. 1707, schloß sich wie sein als Jurist berühmter, 1690 zum Viscount S. erhobener Vater James Dalrymple (gest. 1695) Wilhelm III. von Oranien an, wurde… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stair — (spr. stähr), schott. Viscount und Grafentitel in der Familie Dalrymple. – Sir John Dalrymple, 2. Viscount und 1. Graf von S., geb. 1648, 1672 Anwalt, 1691 Staatssekretär und bald darauf Geheimsiegelbewahrer in Schottland, 1703 Graf, förderte die …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stair — (Stähr), James Dalrymple, Viscount of, geb. 1619, engl. Staatsmann unter Karl II., flüchtete 1681, in die Verschwörung gegen die Stuarts verwickelt, nach Holland, kehrte 1688 mit Wilhelm von Oranien zurück, wurde Viscount, st. 1695; war auch… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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