Show ContentsStarmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Starmer comes from a name for a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star. Starmer is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Starmer comes from the Old English words sterre, or starre, which mean star, and would have been given to someone with a bright personality. This word was also used to refer to a white patch of hair on the forehead of a horse, an so, it may have been transferred to refer to someone with a streak of white hair.

Early Origins of the Starmer family

The surname Starmer was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from ancient times in the village of Longbridge Deverill at Glastonbury. It is said that King Alfred, King of the west Saxons, camped the night in the Deverill valley before defeating the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune in 878.

By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Leuenot Sterre held lands in Derbyshire. 1 Later in Norfolk, we found Simon Sterre in the Pipe Rolls of 1130 and later again, William Sturre, Sterre was listed in the Assize Rolls for Gloucestershire in 1221. 2

Early History of the Starmer family

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Starmer Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Starmer include Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr, Starmer and others.

Early Notables of the Starmer family

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Ireland Migration of the Starmer family to Ireland

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United States Starmer migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Starmer or a variant listed above:

Starmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Starmer, aged 60, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Juliette Starmer, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Wm. Austin Starmer, aged 32, who immigrated to America from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Fred Waiter Starmer, aged 28, who settled in America from Northampton, England, in 1907
  • Mary Starmer, aged 63, who settled in America from Harpole, England, in 1914
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Australia Starmer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Starmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Starmer, (b. 1767), aged 36, British Convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1825 3

New Zealand Starmer 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:

Starmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Starmer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 4
  • Frederick Starmer, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Starmer (post 1700) +

  • William T. Starmer, American geneticist and professor
  • Aaron Starmer (b. 1976), American author of young adult fiction novels, known for The Riverman Trilogy and Spontaneous
  • William Austin Starmer, English-born, American sheet music cover artist
  • Walter P. Starmer (1877-1961), English artist, cartoonist, muralist, and stained glass designer
  • Clement Starmer (1895-1978), English cricketer, active from 1924 to 1928 who played for Leicestershire
  • Sir Keir Rodney Starmer (b. 1962), British politician, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and has served as Leader of the Labour Party since 2020
  • Victoria Starmer (b. 1963), née Alexander, British former solicitor, wife of Keir Starmer
  • Sir Charles Walter Starmer (1870-1933), British newspaper proprietor and Liberal politician

The Starmer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vive en espoir
Motto Translation: Live in hope

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook