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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Stirrett, Stirett, Sterritt, Stirratt, Starratt, Starrat, Starret and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starrett research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1341, 1698, and 1703 are included under the topic Early Starrett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Starrett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Starrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Starrett, who landed in New England in 1735

Starrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James, John, Thomas, William, and W. J. Starrett, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Starrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Martha Starrett, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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  • Charles Starrett (1903-1986), American actor, best known for his starring role in the Durango Kid (1940)
  • Jack Starrett (1936-1989), American actor and film director
  • Melvin Keith Starrett (b. 1951), United States federal judge
  • Laroy S. Starrett (1836-1922), American businessman and inventor, founder of L. S. Starrett Company in 1905
  • Mary Starrett (b. 1954), American National Political Communications Director of the Constitution Party
  • Paul Starrett (1866-1957), American builder, best known for building the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, and Penn Station
  • Charles Vincent Emerson Starrett (1886-1974), American detective, fantasy, horror writer and newspaperman
  • Brooke Starrett, Australian footballer


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  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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The Starrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Starrett 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.

This page was last modified on 13 September 2014 at 18:38.

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