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History of the name
Between 1673 and 1841 the surname is found almost entirely within a few villlages close to Catterick. By 1841, some family members had moved to Darlington. There are still a number of Stairmands in Darlington, where the family were well represented amongst businessmen and town councillors in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
The name occurs in New Zealand and Australia; descended from one or two individuals who emigrated from Darlington. In the twentieth century, the name is found in Argentina, as a result of the emigration of one indiviudal from Darlington.
The name occurs in the USA where it appears to be an anglicisation of european names including Stoyerman. The name may have been taken from Sarah Stairmand who worked on trans-atlantic liners.
In the 1841 censuses of England, Wales and Scotland the name appears in various forms approximately 35 times. By 1851, it appears about 60 times. In future censuses the frequency is as follows: 1861, approximately 55 incidences; 1871, approximately 53 incidences; 1881, approximately 87 incidences; 1891, approximately 70 incidences and 1901, approximately 110 incidences.
Six individuals with the surname Stairmand have been found in electoral roles in Australia between 1913 and 1936. The greatest incidence of the name outside the UK is found in Australia.