name Streed comes from when the family resided in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent
. Streed 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 Streed 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 Streed family
The surname Streed was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Streed family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streed 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 Streed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Streed Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Streed has been recorded under many different variations, including Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Streed 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 Streed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Streed family to Ireland
Some of the Streed 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 Streed family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Streed or a variant listed above: William Street who settled in Maine in 1602; 18 years before the "Mayflower"; Nicholas and Alice Street who settled in New England
in 1630; Humphrey and Elizabeth Street settled in Virginia in 1650.