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Streetay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the bearers of the Streetay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Streetay 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 Streetay 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 Streetay family


The surname Streetay was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Streetay family


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Streetay Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Streetay include Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.

Early Notables of the Streetay 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...
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Migration of the Streetay family to Ireland


Some of the Streetay 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 Streetay family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Streetay 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.

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