The ancestors of the name Strete date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Strete family lived in any of a number of places called Street, in Hertshire, Kent
. Strete 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 Strete 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 Strete family
The surname Strete was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Strete family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strete 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 Strete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Strete Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Strete are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Strete include: Street, Streat, Strethe, Strete and others.
Early Notables of the Strete 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 Strete Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Strete family to Ireland
Some of the Strete 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 Strete family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Strete 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.