When the ancestors of the Streatfeild family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Kent
. Their name, however, is a reference to Estreville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Streatfeild family
The surname Streatfeild was first found in Kent
. They were originally from Estreville in Normandy
, and became known as De Stratavilla. They were Lords of the manor of Chiddingstone in that shire. One source claims "Among some papers preserved in the family, it is noted that an ancestor, travelling about a century since in Saxony
, met with a family named Streightveldt, who bore the arms and crest of the Kentish Streatfeilds." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
A couple of comments on this reference: as the book was written in 1860, one would presume that the author is referring to 1760; and secondly the reader should be aware that most "field" names were originally spelt "feild."
Early History of the Streatfeild family
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Streatfeild Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Streatfeild has been recorded under many different variations, including Streatfield, Streatfeild, Streetfield, Stratfield and others.
Early Notables of the Streatfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Streatfeild family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Streatfeilds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: H. Stratfield settled in Barbados in 1680.
Contemporary Notables of the name Streatfeild (post 1700)
- Noel Streatfeild OBE (1895-1986), English author, most famous for her children's books
- William Champion Streatfeild (1865-1929), the Anglican Bishop of Lewes
- Rev Thomas Streatfeild MA, FSA (1777-1848), renowned antiquarian and churchman in the early 19th century
- Philip Streatfeild (1879-1915), English painter, and bohemian
- Sidney Streatfeild (1894-1966), Scottish Unionist Party politician
- Sir Geoffrey Hugh Benbow Streatfeild M.C., Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench
The Streatfeild 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: Data Fata Secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.