Street History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

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 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. [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Street family

The surname Street was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, but by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name had scattered throughout ancient Britain as those rolls include: Alice de la Strete, Oxfordshire and Alexander de la Strete, Kent. [4]

Kirby's Quest listed John atte Strete, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III) [5] and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Elyas del Strete and Alicia del Strete as holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Street family

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Street Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Street 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 Street lunar crater. William Streat (1600?-1666), was an English divine, born in Devonshire. Thomas Street (1625-1696), was an English judge and politician from Worcester; Robert Streater (1621-1679), an English landscape, history, still-life and portrait artist, architectural painter and etcher, Serjeant Painter to King Charles II; and John Streater ( fl. 1650-1670), was an...
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Ireland Migration of the Street family to Ireland

Some of the Street family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Street migration to the United States +

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
  • William Street who settled in Maine in 1602
  • Nicholas and Alice Street who settled in New England in 1630
  • Alice Street, aged 28, who arrived in New England in 1635 [6]
  • Nicholas Street, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637 [6]
  • Robert Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [6]
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Street Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [6]
  • George Street, who landed in America in 1790 [6]
  • John Street, who settled in Trinity in 1798
  • Martha Street, who landed in New York in 1798 [6]
Street Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Street, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [6]
  • Angeligne Street, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836 [6]
  • G D Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • N J Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • J A Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
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Canada Street migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Street Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Street, who settled in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1772 [7]
  • Mr. John Street U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [8]
  • Mr. Lockwood Street U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 he served under Col. Guy Johnson, son of Timothy Street [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Street U.E. who settled in Wolford [Merrickville-Wolford], Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1784 [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Denny Street U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [8]
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Australia Street migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Street Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Street, British Convict who was convicted in Worcester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Thomas Street, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [10]
  • Emma Street, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [10]
  • John Street, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [10]
  • George Street, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [10]
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New Zealand Street migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Street Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Street, (b. 1801), aged 40, Cornish carpenter, born in Cornwall travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Mrs. Mary Street née Samells, (b. 1800), aged 41, Cornish settler, born in Cornwall travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Mr. John Street, (b. 1827), aged 15, Cornish settler, born in Cornwall travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Miss Ann Street, (b. 1830), aged 12, Cornish settler, born in Cornwall travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Mr. Richard Street, (b. 1832), aged 9, Cornish settler, born in Cornwall travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Street (post 1700) +

  • James Lowell Street (1948-2013), American football quarterback for the University of Texas in 1969
  • Huston Lowell Street (b. 1983), American baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles Evard "Gabby" Street (1882-1951), American catcher, manager, coach and radio broadcaster
  • James Street (1839-1906), English cricketer and umpire
  • Sir Laurence Whistler Street AC, KCMG, QC (b. 1926), Australian jurist, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Sir Kenneth Whistler Street KCMG, KStJ, (1890-1972), Australian jurist, 16th Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales
  • John Ambrose Street (1795-1865), Canadian lawyer and politician in New Brunswick
  • John Franklin Street (b. 1943), American politician, 97th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia
  • Geoffrey Austin Street MC (1894-1940), Australian Cabinet Minister
  • Adrian Street (b. 1940), Welsh professional wrestler
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Albert Street (d. 1912), aged 25, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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