Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Streat 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 Streat 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 Streat family
Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Streat family
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Streat Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Streat have been found, including Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Streat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Streat family to Ireland
Some of the Streat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Streat family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Streat, or a variant listed above:
Streat Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Streat (post 1700)
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