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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Streeter come from when the family resided in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent and Somerset. Streeter 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 Streeter 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.

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

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. Streeter has been recorded under many different variations, including Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streeter 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 Streeter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 167 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Streeter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Streeter 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.

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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 Streeter or a variant listed above:

Streeter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Stephen Streeter, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1644

Streeter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richd Streeter, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • John Philip Streeter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740

Streeter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Streeter, who landed in America in 1823
  • James Streeter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W Streeter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T J Streeter, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A C Streeter, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


Streeter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Streeter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Streeter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • William Brankenmoor Streeter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Benjamin Streeter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846

Streeter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • E. Streeter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • John Streeter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Charlotte Streeter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Samuel Charles Streeter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Stephen Streeter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865

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  • Sarah Streeter (1953-2015), better known by her stage name Big Time Sarah, was an American blues singer
  • Smith O. Streeter, American Olympic sliver medalist at the 1904 games
  • Frank S. Streeter, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from New Hampshire, 1904
  • Farris B. Streeter, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 10th District, 1848-50
  • Bernard A. Streeter, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1972, 1988; Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council; Mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire, 2000-
  • Benjamin H. Streeter, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 1st District, 1853
  • Arthur H. Streeter (b. 1870), American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Third Berkshire District, 1906
  • Albert T. Streeter, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 12th Circuit, 1900-11
  • Halford I. Streeter, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 31st Circuit, 1956-77; Appointed 1955
  • Henry M. Streeter, American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1880-83; Presidential Elector for California, 1888

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The Streeter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Streeter 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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