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The origins of the Sterry surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star. Sterry 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 Sterry 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.

Sterry Early Origins



The surname Sterry 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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Sterry Spelling Variations


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Sterry Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sterry has been recorded under many different variations, including Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr and others.

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Sterry Early History


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Sterry Early History



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

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Sterry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sterry Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sterry In Ireland


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Sterry In Ireland



Some of the Sterry 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sterry or a variant listed above:

Sterry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elias Sterry, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Geo Sterry, aged 24, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Sterry, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1685

Sterry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John George Sterry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Sterry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Cyprian Sterry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nathan Sterry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Robert Sterry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Thomas Sterry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sterry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sterry (post 1700)



  • Abner N. Sterry, American politician, First Selectman of New London, Connecticut, 1888

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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



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sterry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sterry 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 August 2016 at 02:32.

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