Streatfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Streatfield reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Streatfield family lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Estreville, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Streatfield family

The surname Streatfield 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." [1] 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 Streatfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streatfield research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Streatfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Streatfield Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Streatfield family name include Streatfield, Streatfeild, Streetfield, Stratfield and others.

Early Notables of the Streatfield family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Streatfield family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Streatfield family to immigrate North America: H. Stratfield settled in Barbados in 1680.

Contemporary Notables of the name Streatfield (post 1700) +

  • David Streatfield, English-born, historian of landscape architecture and long-time professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington
  • Geoffrey Streatfield (b. 1975), English actor

HMS Cornwall
  • Claude Everard John Streatfield, British Lieutenant Gunner Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [2]

The Streatfield 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.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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