Stuartfield (Crichie) is planned around a large central square intersected by wide roads running north to south and east to west. This basic layout layout was conceived and constructed by John Burnett-Stuart (1130-1784) who named it Stuartfield.

Many communities in Aberdeenshire share a common quirk: besides the formal name found on a map or in a directory, the inhabitants have a preferred familiar name - in Stuartfield's case "Crichie".

Crichie is derived from Gaelic "Creachann" - "the place if the bare hill" and is the name of the Burnett Stuart estate.