The Sturgell name is said to be derived from an old Anglo Saxon name "Styrgar" which appeared in Mercia in ancient times. "Styrgar" denoted a battle spear.
Early Origins of the Sturgell family
The surname Sturgell was first found in Northhamptonshire where they held a family seat
. This Anglo Saxon family name appears to have been undisturbed by the Norman invasion
of 1066 A.D., retaining their estates in Northamptonshire. Clipston. Their seat, was not granted to one of the Norman nobles after the victory at Hastings, and remained the 'King's Land' according to the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey taken by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Sturgell family
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Sturgell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sturgis, Sturges, Sturgiss, Sturgess, Sturge, Sturch, Sturk and many more.
Early Notables of the Sturgell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sturgell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joane Sturges who settled in Virginia in 1660; E.O. and H. Sturges settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1851; Lewis
B. Sturges settled in New York State in 1820.
The Sturgell Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.