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Early Origins of the Starrett family

The surname Starrett was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, where the name is a "local origin from Stairaird (now Stirie) near Stair." [1]

Early spellings of the family were very different than today due to their translation from Gaelic into English. "Andreas Starheved resigned the serjandship of Lanark in reign of David. John Sterhede appears in 1493, and Robert Sterhed was witness in Irvine, 1499. James Storrat received a charm 'in breade for ane blaink of ane ill eye,' 1650. " [1]

Early History of the Starrett family

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Starrett Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Starrett family (pre 1700)

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Starrett Ranking

In the United States, the name Starrett is the 11,149th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Starrett family to Ireland

Some of the Starrett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Starrett migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Starrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, John, Thomas, William, and W. J. Starrett, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Australia Starrett migration to Australia +

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

Starrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Martha Starrett, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Starrett (post 1700) +

  • Charles Vincent Emerson Starrett (1886-1974), American detective, fantasy, horror writer and newspaperman
  • Paul Starrett (1866-1957), American builder, best known for building the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, and Penn Station
  • Mary Starrett (b. 1954), American National Political Communications Director of the Constitution Party
  • Laroy S. Starrett (1836-1922), American businessman and inventor, founder of L. S. Starrett Company in 1905
  • Melvin Keith Starrett (b. 1951), United States federal judge
  • Jack Starrett (1936-1989), American actor and film director
  • Charles Starrett (1903-1986), American actor, best known for his starring role in the Durango Kid (1940)
  • Jeanine Starrett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1972
  • Henry Prince Starrett (b. 1885), American politician, U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1914; Fort William, 1916; Port Arthur, 1916; Mombasa, 1917; Adelaide, 1919-20; Batavia, 1922; Belfast, 1923-26
  • Charles P. Starrett, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Jasper County, 1950
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  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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) on Facebook