Stead (pronounced 'sted' as in "instead") is a surname, and may refer to

  • C. K. Stead (born 1932), New Zealand writer and critic
  • Christina Stead (1902–1983), Australian writer
  • Dave Stead (born 1966), drummer
  • David George Stead (1877–1957), Australian marine biologist, conservationist and writer
  • Edgar Stead (1881–1949), New Zealand ornithologist, horticulturist and marksman
  • Edward Stead (1701–1735), early English cricket team manager
  • Eugene A. Stead (1908–2005), American physician
  • Gary Stead (born 1972), New Zealand cricketer
  • George Christopher Stead (1913–2008), Cambridge professor of philosophy and Christian doctrine
  • George Gatonby Stead (1841–1908), Zealand grain merchant, racehorse owner and breeder, businessman
  • Jon Stead (born 1983), English footballer
  • Martin Stead (born 1958), Canadian cricketer
  • Ralph Stead (1917–2000), British corporate chairman
  • Robert J.C. Stead (1880–1959), Canadian Journalist and Author
  • William Force Stead (1884–1967), American diplomat, poet, academic and clergyman
  • William Thomas Stead (1849–1912), British poet and journalist

Stead may also refer to

  • Reno Stead Airport near Reno, Nevada, United States

Famous quotes containing the word stead:

    It was easy to see how upsetting it would be if women began to love freely where love came to them. An abyss would open in the principal shopping street of every town.
    —Christina Stead (1902–1983)

    A mother! What are we worth really? They all grow up whether you look after them or not.
    —Christina Stead (1902–1983)

    Financiers are great mythomaniacs, their explanations and superstitions are those of primitive men; the world is a jungle to them. They perceive acutely that they are at the dawn of economic history.
    —Christina Stead (1902–1983)