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The earliest origins of the Sterrett surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star. Sterrett 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 Sterrett 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.

Sterrett Early Origins



The surname Sterrett 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.

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Sterrett Spelling Variations


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Sterrett Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sterrett are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sterrett include: Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr and others.

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Sterrett Early History


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Sterrett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sterrett research. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Sterrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sterrett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sterrett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sterrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sterrett In Ireland


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Sterrett In Ireland



Some of the Sterrett 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sterrett or a variant listed above:

Sterrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Sterrett, who landed in New England in 1718
  • James Sterrett who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768

Sterrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sterrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

Sterrett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emilia A. Sterrett, arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Antonio Lopez" from Malaga, Spain [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W7-S29 : 6 December 2014), Emilia A. Sterrett, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port Malaga, Spain, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Antonio Lopez, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alice Sterrett, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Brest, France [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J646-62P : 6 December 2014), Alice Sterrett, 22 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Joseph E. Sterrett, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FP-7ZX : 6 December 2014), Joseph E. Sterrett, 24 Jan 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Ida Sterrett, aged 52, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "La Lorraine" from Le Havre, France [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LT-H25 : 6 December 2014), Ida Sterrett, 26 Sep 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Lorraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sterrett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sterrett (post 1700)



  • Robert J. Sterrett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 1922
  • Robert C. Sterrett, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 16th District, 1848-50
  • Malcolm M. B. Sterrett, American Republican politician, Member, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1982-88
  • Malcomb B. Sterrett, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1918
  • Joseph M. Sterrett, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Erie, Pennsylvania, 1861-69
  • Joseph M. Sterrett, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 21st District, 1837-41
  • James P. Sterrett, American politician, Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1889-93; Chief Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1893-99
  • James J. Sterrett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • James Hoyt Sterrett (b. 1926), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 12th District, 1961-62
  • Alexander M. Sterrett, American politician, Postmaster at Parkersburg, Virginia, 1851-52
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W7-S29 : 6 December 2014), Emilia A. Sterrett, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port Malaga, Spain, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Antonio Lopez, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J646-62P : 6 December 2014), Alice Sterrett, 22 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FP-7ZX : 6 December 2014), Joseph E. Sterrett, 24 Jan 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LT-H25 : 6 December 2014), Ida Sterrett, 26 Sep 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Lorraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Sterrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sterrett 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.

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