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

The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Sturgill family have grown. The name Sturgill was given to a member of the family 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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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 Sturgill include 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 Sturgill research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1544 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Sturgill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Sturgill 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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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 Sturgills to arrive on North American shores:

Sturgill Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • W. F. Sturgill, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Winfield Sturgill, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • Savry Sturgill, who settled in America, in 1922
  • William Sturgill, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924

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  • Virgil Sturgill (b. 1897), American ballad singer and dulcimer player
  • William B. Sturgill (b. 1924), American coal merchant, beneficiary of The William B. Sturgill Award, University of Kentucky
  • Jeff Sturgill, American visual effects cameraman, known for his work on Independence Day (1996), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Pitch Black (2000)


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  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Sturgill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sturgill 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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