Sterrett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Sterrett family
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.
Early History of the Sterrett family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sterrett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sterrett family to Ireland
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Sterrett migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Antonio Lopez" from Malaga, Spain 
- Alice Sterrett, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Brest, France 
- Joseph E. Sterrett, aged 49, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England 
- Ida Sterrett, aged 52, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "La Lorraine" from Le Havre, France 
Contemporary Notables of the name Sterrett (post 1700) +
- James M. Sterrett, American biologist with the Byrd Antarctic Expedition in 1933-1935, eponym of the Sterrett Islands, Antarctica
- James Patterson Sterrett (1889-1900), American Pennsylvania jurist, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Sterrett (1773-1821), American Maryland militia officer who served during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812
- Marjorie Sterrett, American school girl who sent her weekly allowance of a dime with a letter to the New York Tribune in 1916 asking that the money be used to help pay for a battleship, 200,000 dimes were collected from children, eponym of The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund
- John Robert Sitlington Sterrett (1851-1914), American classical scholar and archeologist, Professor of Greek at Cornell University from 1901
- Charles Hurlbut "Dutch" Sterrett (1889-1965), American Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees 1912 to 1913
- Cliff Sterrett (1883-1964), American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strip Polly and Her Pals which ran from 1912 until 1958
- 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 
- ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Sterrett 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
- ^ 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)
- ^ "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.).
- ^ "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.).
- ^ "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.).
- ^ "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.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html