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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Street World Ranking

In the United States, the name Street is the 1,513rd most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [6] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Street is ranked the 708th most popular surname with an estimated 61 people with that name. [7] And in Australia, the name Street is the 907th popular surname with an estimated 4,338 people with that name. [8] New Zealand ranks Street as 987th with 761 people. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Street as 706th with 9,508 people. [10]

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 [11]
  • Nicholas Street, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637 [11]
  • Robert Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Street Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Street, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [11]
  • George Street, who landed in America in 1790 [11]
  • John Street, who settled in Trinity in 1798
  • Martha Street, who landed in New York in 1798 [11]
Street Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Street, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [11]
  • Angeligne Street, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836 [11]
  • G D Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [11]
  • N J Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [11]
  • J A Street, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [12]
  • Mr. John Street U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [13]
  • Mr. Lockwood Street U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 he served under Col. Guy Johnson, son of Timothy Street [13]
  • Mr. Samuel Street U.E. who settled in Wolford [Merrickville-Wolford], Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1784 [13]
  • Mr. Samuel Denny Street U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [13]
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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. John Street, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [14]
  • Mr. Joseph Street, (b. 1799), aged 22, English farm labourer who was convicted in Cumbria (Cumberland), England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • Mr. Uriah Street, (b. 1806), aged 24, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [16]
  • 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 [17]
  • Mr. William Street, (b. 1816), aged 22, English farm servant who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1839 [18]
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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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
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West Indies Street migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Street Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Street, aged 24, who arrived in Barbados in 1683 [11]

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 [21]
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Sam Street (b. 1894), Newfoundlander from Bonavista, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
Winter Quarters coal mine
  • Mr. Edwin Thomas Street (b. 1876), Welsh mine worker from Glamorganshire, Wales residing in Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [22]


  1. ^ Lower, 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  8. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  9. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  10. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  11. ^ 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)
  12. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  17. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  18. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  19. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  20. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  21. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  22. ^ Miners killed in Winter Quarters (retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from http://www.carbon-utgenweb.com/miners.html


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