Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Straight is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Straight is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Straight comes from the Old English word stræt, which means Roman road. In the Middle Ages, this word came to denote the main street in a village, and so the surname may also refer to someone who lived on the main street.
Early Origins of the Straight family
Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Straight family
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Straight Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Straight has been spelled many different ways, including Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Straight family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Straight family to Ireland
Some of the Straight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Straight family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Straights to arrive in North America:
Straight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Straight Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Straight Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Straight (post 1700)
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