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Of all the 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 stręt, 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.

Straight Early Origins



The surname Straight was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Straight Spelling Variations


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Straight Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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.

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Straight Early History


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Straight Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Straight research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1689, 1625, 1696, 1621, 1679 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Straight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Straight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Straight Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Street (Streete) (1621-1689), an early English astronomer, best known for his book "Astronomia Carolina, a new theorie of Coelestial Motions" which was used as a reference for many years having at least three editions, eponym of the...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Straight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Straight In Ireland


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Straight In Ireland



Some of the Straight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 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



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

  • Ada F. Straight, aged 30, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1893
  • Dora P. Straight, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1894

Straight Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Grace C. Straight, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Ethel Straight, aged 32, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1911

Straight Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Straight, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Joseph Straight, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • William Straight, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. William Straight U.E. born in Kinningsworth, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the "Union" Transport was a Refiner of Iron [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Straight U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Straight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Straight (post 1700)



  • Susan Straight (b. 1960), American author and National Book Award finalist
  • Michael Whitney Straight (1916-2004), American magazine publisher, novelist, patron of the arts
  • Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight (1891-1940), American pianist, bandleader and composer
  • Willard Dickerman Straight (1880-1918), American investment banker, publisher, reporter and diplomat
  • Air Commodore Whitney Willard Straight CBE MC, DFC (1912-1979), American Grand Prix motor racing driver, aviator, businessman
  • Beatrice Whitney Straight (1914-2001), American Academy Award winning, Emmy Award nominated theatre, film, and television actress

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See Also


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Straight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Straight 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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