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

The origins of the Street name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Street was originally derived from a family having lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Street is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Street comes from the Old English word stręt, which means Roman road. In the Middle Ages, this word came to denote the main street in a village, and so the surname may also refer to someone who lived on the main street.


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

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Street research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1689, 1625, 1696, 1621, 1679 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Street History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 167 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Street Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Street family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Street Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Street who settled in Maine in 1602
  • Nicholas and Alice Street who settled in New England in 1630
  • Alice Street, aged 28, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Nicholas Street, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637
  • Robert Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Street Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • George Street, who landed in America in 1790
  • John Street settled in Trinity in 1798
  • Martha Street, who landed in New York in 1798

Street Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Street, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Angeligne Street, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836
  • G D Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • N J Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J A Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Charles Evard "Gabby" Street (1882-1951), American catcher, manager, coach and radio broadcaster
  • Huston Lowell Street (b. 1983), American baseball relief pitcher
  • James Lowell Street (1948-2013), American football quarterback for the University of Texas in 1969
  • James Street (1839-1906), English cricketer and umpire
  • Mr. Thomas Albert Street (d. 1912), aged 25, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • George Edmund Street (1824-1881), English architect, best known as the designer of the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London
  • Sir Philip Whistler Street KCMG (1863-1938), Australian jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Jessie Mary Grey Street (1889-1970), Australian feminist
  • Commander George Levick Street III, American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Adrian Street (b. 1940), Welsh professional wrestler



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The Street Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Street 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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