Show ContentsStarbuck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Starbuck is thought to have been derived from the Old Norse, bokki which means "vir grandis, corpore et animo." Hence stortocki from side, great, "vir imperiosus." 1

Another source notes that "Starbeck (brook near where sedge grew), in Yorkshire; dweller at, or near, a stream where sedge or swamp grass grew." 2

Early Origins of the Starbuck family

The surname Starbuck was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Starbeck in Harrogate. One of the first records of the family is Robert Starbok who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 3 Another source notes this entry in the Latin form: Robertus Starbok. 4 Starbeck is a hamlet between Ripon and Knaresborough.

Early History of the Starbuck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starbuck research. Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the year 1772 is included under the topic Early Starbuck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Starbuck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Starbuck, Starbock, Stirbrock, Stalbrook, Sturbock, Styrbuck, Stirbuck and many more.

Early Notables of the Starbuck family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Starbuck of Starbeck

Starbuck Ranking

In the United States, the name Starbuck is the 10,153rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

United States Starbuck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Starbuck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Starbuck, who settled in New Hampshire in 1635
  • Edward Starbuck, who arrived in New England in 1643 6
Starbuck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ella Starbuck, aged 37, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • J. F. Starbuck, aged 27, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1897
  • Mrs. J. F. Starbuck, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Southampton, in 1897
Starbuck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Starbuck, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Mrs. W. H. Starbuck, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1905
  • W. H. Starbuck, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • C. A. Starbuck, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Mrs David A Starbuck, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Starbuck (post 1700) +

  • Dorothy L. Starbuck (1917-1996), American Women's Army Corps (WAC) officer during World War II, the first woman to hold several important positions in that department
  • Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947), born Edwin Eli Starbuck, an American educational psychologist who took a special interest in the teaching of morals and character in children independent of religious instruction
  • Henry F. Starbuck (1860-1935), American architect and a specialist in church architecture
  • James Starbuck (1912-1997), American choreographer, ballet dancer, musical theatre actor, and stage and television director
  • Raymond D. Starbuck (1878-1965), American football player and coach and railroad executive
  • William Haynes Starbuck (b. 1934), American organizational scientist
  • Alicia "JoJo" Starbuck (b. 1951), American ice skater who, with partner Kenneth Shelley, won the gold medal in pairs at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships three times from 1970 to 1972
  • George Starbuck (1931-1996), American poet of the neo-formalist school
  • Chez Starbuck (b. 1982), American actor who starred in The Disney Channel's made-for-TV movie The Thirteenth Year
  • James Starbuck, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1804-05 7
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook