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Where did the English Stratton family come from? What is the English Stratton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stratton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stratton family history?

The name Stratton reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stratton family lived in Wiltshire, at Stratton.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stratton include Stratton, Straton, Straiton and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Where it is said that the notorious Adam de Stratton derives from Argouges from Manche in the arrondisement of Avranches in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stratton research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1320, and 1364 are included under the topic Early Stratton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Stratton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Strattons to arrive on North American shores:

Stratton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Stratton settled in Maine in 1623
  • Samuel Stratton, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Henry Stratton settled in Virginia in 1641
  • Henry Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1641
  • Sisley Stratton, who landed in Virginia in 1646


Stratton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Benja Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Joyce Stratton, who landed in Virginia in 1705

Stratton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Stratton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • Jas Stratton, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • J C Stratton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C Stratton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • David Stratton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1874

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  • Casey Stratton (b. 1976), American pop musician
  • Charles C. Stratton (1796-1859), US politician
  • Harold M. Stratton (1870-1962), founder of Briggs & Stratton, one of the world's largest manufacturers
  • Julius Adams Stratton (1901-1994), American educator and President of MIT
  • Mike Stratton (b. 1941), American NFL football player
  • Monty Stratton (1912-1982), American baseball player
  • Charles Sherwood Stratton (1838-1883), American little person who used the stage name General Tom Thumb under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum
  • Felton Stratton (1895-1974), American baseball infielder in the Negro Leagues, active 1920 through 1933
  • Richard A. Stratton (b. 1958), American educator, President of Clearwater Christian College in 2002
  • Samuel Somerville Stratton (1898-1969), American academic, 11th President of Middlebury College (1943-1963)

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  • Lackey, Stratton, and Allied Families by Harriett I. Pratt.
  • The Stratton Clan by Gertrude Kratzer Rosenkild.
  • I'm Claiming the Promise by David C. Stratton.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Resurgere tento
Motto Translation: I strive to rise again.

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The Stratton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stratton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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