The present generation of the Streater family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent
. Streater 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 Streater 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 Streater family
The surname Streater was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Streater family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streater 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 Streater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Streater Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Streater include Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Streater family (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 Streater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Streater family to Ireland
Some of the Streater 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.
Migration of the Streater family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Streater were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Streater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Streater, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1699 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Streater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Henry Streater, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Streater (post 1700)
- Loretta Streater McNeal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2000, 2008