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The origins of the Street name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Street was originally derived from a family having lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Street 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 Street comes from the Old English word stręt, 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.
The surname Street was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Street include Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Street 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 Street History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Street Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Street 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.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Street Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Street Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Street Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Street Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Street Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Street Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Street Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Street Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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