Sturges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Sturges name is said to be derived from an old Anglo Saxon name "Styrgar" which appeared in Mercia in ancient times. "Styrgar" denoted a battle spear.

Early Origins of the Sturges family

The surname Sturges was first found in Northhamptonshire where they held a family seat. This Anglo Saxon family name appears to have been undisturbed by the Norman invasion of 1066 A.D., retaining their estates in Northamptonshire. Clipston. Their seat, was not granted to one of the Norman nobles after the victory at Hastings, and remained the 'King's Land' according to the Domesday Book, [1] a survey taken by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 A.D.

Important Dates for the Sturges family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sturges research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1634 is included under the topic Early Sturges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sturges Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sturgis, Sturges, Sturgiss, Sturgess, Sturge, Sturch, Sturk and many more.

Early Notables of the Sturges family (pre 1700)

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Sturges migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sturges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Sturges, who landed in New England in 1648 [2]
  • Joseph Sturges, who landed in New England in 1650 [2]
  • Joane Sturges who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Abraham Sturges, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]
  • Jane Sturges, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sturges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Sturges, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • William Sturges, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • William Sturges, who settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Daniel Sturges, who arrived in Virginia in 1771 [2]
Sturges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Sturges, aged 43, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Lewis B. Sturges, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Robert Sturges, who arrived in New York in 1838 [2]
  • S. and S. B. Sturges, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • E. O. and H. Sturges settled in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sturges Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alberta Sturges, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1903
  • E Peery Sturges, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Alice Sturges, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Dorothy Sturges, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • A. K. Sturges, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sturges migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sturges Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Sturges, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Sturges (post 1700)

  • Shannon Sturges (b. 1968), American actress, best known for her role as Reese Burton Peterson in soap opera Savannah
  • Preston Sturges (1898-1959), American Academy Award winning film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his film The Great McGinty (1940)
  • John Sturges (1911-1982), American Academy Award nominated film director, best known for his work on Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963) and Ice Station Zebra (1968)
  • Jock Sturges (b. 1947), American photographer
  • Octavius Sturges (1833-1895), English physician, born in London, eighth son of John Sturges of Connaught Square, London
  • Lieutenant General Sir Robert Sturges KBE, CB, DSO (1891-1970), British Royal Marines officer, Commander of the British occupation of Iceland in May 1940
  • Graeme Sturges (b. 1955), Australian politician, Minister for Infrastructure (2008-2010)
  • Peter Sturges Ruckman (1921-2016), American Independent Baptist pastor, founder of Pensacola Bible Institute

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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