The ancestors of the Starrs family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Starrs was a name given to a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star.
Starrs 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 Starrs comes from the Old English words sterre,
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 Starrs family
The surname Starrs 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.
Early History of the Starrs family
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Starrs Spelling Variations
Starrs has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Starrs have been found, including Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr and others.
Early Notables of the Starrs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Starrs family to Ireland
Some of the Starrs family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Starrs family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Starrs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Starrs U.E. who settled in Yonge [Front of Yonge], United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario c. 1786 resettled in Hawkesbury before 1788 he served in the Loyal Rangers CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Starrs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Sarah Starrs, aged 22, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
- Margaret Starrs, aged 60, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
- George Starrs, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
The Starrs 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