Streets is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Streets family once lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent
. Streets 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 Streets 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 Streets family
The surname Streets was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Streets family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Streets 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 Streets History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Streets Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Streets family name include Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Streets 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... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Streets Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Streets family to Ireland
Some of the Streets 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 Streets family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Streets surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Streets Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ann Streets, who landed in Virginia in 1638 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Streets Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Streets, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Streets (post 1700)
- George Streets, American politician, Mayor of Enid, Oklahoma, 1952-55 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Suggested Readings for the name Streets
- Our Streets by Lawrence M. Bichell.