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.
Early Origins of the Sterry family
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 Sterry family
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Sterry Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Sterry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sterry family to Ireland
Some of the Sterry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sterry family to the New World and Oceana
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
Sterry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Sterry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sterry (post 1700)
The Sterry 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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