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

The origins of the Streetman name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Streetman 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 Streetman 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.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Streetman were recorded, including 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streetman 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 Streetman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Streetman 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.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Streetman family emigrate to North America:

Streetman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Martin Streetman, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755

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