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Early Origins of the Start family

The surname Start 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 Start family

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Start Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Start family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Start family to Ireland

Some of the Start 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 Start migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Start Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philadelphia Start, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • William With, who arrived in Virginia in 1665, settled in Westmoreland, CO [2]
  • James Start, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [2]
  • William Start, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [2]
  • John Start, aged 16, who landed in Maryland in 1683 [2]

Australia Start migration to Australia +

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

Start Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Start, English convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Edward Start, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [4]
  • Edward Start, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Start (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Start (1842-1927), one of the biggest stars of baseball's earliest era, and certainly the top first baseman of his time
  • William E. Start, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Sewickley, Pennsylvania, 1967-80
  • Roy C. Start (1877-1956), American Republican politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1936-39
  • Romeo H. Start, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1872
  • Henry R. Start (b. 1845), American politician, Member of Vermont State Senate from Franklin County, 1880; Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1890
  • Charles Monroe Start (1839-1919), American Republican politician, Minnesota State Attorney General, 1880-81:Chief Justice of Minnesota State Supreme Court, 1895-1913
  • Amedee T. Start, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Martinique, 1898
  • Miguel Start (b. 1987), New Zealand former rugby league player

  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. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook