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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Stair
  1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; -- commonly applied to those within a building.
  2. A series of steps, as for passing from one story of a house to another; -- commonly used in the plural; but originally used in the singular only."I a winding stairfound." [Chaucer's Dream.]

Etymology: OE. steir steyer, AS. stǣger, from stīgan to ascend, rise. √164. See Sty to ascend

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

From Middle English staire, stayre, stayer, steir, steyre, steyer, from Old English stǣġer (“stair, staircase”), from Proto-Germanic *staigriz (“stairs, scaffolding”), from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ- (“to walk, proceed, march, climb”). Cognate with Dutch steiger (“a stair, step, wharf, pier, scaffolding”), Middle Low German steiger, steir (“scaffolding”), German Low German Steiger (“a scaffold; trestle”). Related to Old English āstǣġan (“to ascend, go up, embark”), Old English stīġan (“to go, move, reach; ascend, mount, go up, spring up, rise; scale”), German Stiege (“a flight of stairs”). More at sty.

  1. A single step in a staircase.
  2. A series of steps, a staircase.

stair was also found in the following language(s): Irish

Notable Persons Named Stair

Stair was born on December 6th, 1831. He passed away on July 12th, 1916.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Stair

Ralph Gordon Stair is a radio preacher. Ralph was born on May 3rd, 1933 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ralph is also known as Brother R.G. Stair" and Brother Stair".


The Earl of Stair is a military person.


John was born on September 4th, 1961.


John was born on October 9th, 1906. He passed away on February 26th, 1996.


John was born on June 12th, 1848. He breathed his last breath on December 2nd, 1914.


He passed away on November 13th, 1760.


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Popularity of Stair as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stair U.S.
  White 91.63% 64.26%
  African American 3.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stair

People with the last name Stair are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Stair

  • How Popular is the name Stair? As a last name Stair was the 12,328th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Stair first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Stair is Friday, September 14th, 1877.
  • How unique is the name Stair? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Stair. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Stair: Your name in reverse order is Riats. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Riast. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stair? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,522 people with the last name Stair.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stair? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Stair as their last name since less than 1 person in 118k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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