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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 and Somerset. 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 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.

Streets Early Origins



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

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Streets Spelling Variations


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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.

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Streets Early History


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Streets Early History



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.

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Streets Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Streets Early Notables (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.

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Streets In Ireland


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Streets In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Streets Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Streets, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Streets (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Streets (post 1700)



  • George Streets, American politician, Mayor of Enid, Oklahoma, 1952-55

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Suggested Readings for the name Streets


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Suggested Readings for the name Streets



  • Our Streets by Lawrence M. Bichell.

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Streets Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Streets Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Streets 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 November 2015 at 11:23.

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