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

The Sturgeon family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who resembles a sturgeon having derived from the Old French word esturgeon, and indicates that the original bearer bore some fanciful resemblance to the Northern European fish of the same name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sturgeon have been found, including Sturgen, Sturgeon, Stergeon, Sturgion, Sturgione, Strugeon, Strugen, Strugeone and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they were Lords of the manor of Whepstead from very early times, where they were conjecturally descended from Ralph of Whepstead who held that Lordship after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. from the Abbott of St. Edmund's. According to the Domesday Book survey, Whepstead consisted of a church, eighteen beasts, thirty pigs, and one hundred sheep, and their descendants later erected Manston Hall.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sturgeon research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1544 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Sturgeon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Sturgeon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sturgeon were among those contributors:

Sturgeon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Phillis Sturgeon, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Robert Sturgeon, who came to Maine in 1726
  • John Sturgeon, who settled in New England in 1740
  • John Sturgeon, who landed in America in 1740

Sturgeon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Sturgeon, aged 27, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • William Sturgeon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • William Sturgeon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832

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  • Bobby Sturgeon (b. 1919), American Major League Baseball player
  • Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985), American writer
  • Daniel Sturgeon (1789-1878), American physician, banker and Democratic Party politician from Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • William Sturgeon (1783-1785), English physicist and inventor who made the first electromagnets, inventor of the first practical electric motor
  • Isaac Sturgeon, 19th century president and general superintendent of the North Missouri, eponym of the town of Sturgeon, Missouri
  • Nicola Sturgeon (b. 1970), the Deputy First Minister of Scotland


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  • Family: Roots, Ties, and Trails (Sturgeon Family) by Mary C. Sturgeon.
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  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Sturgeon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sturgeon 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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