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Sturgeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Sturgeon family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who resembles a sturgeon having derived from the Old French word esturgeon, and indicates that the original bearer bore some fanciful resemblance to the Northern European fish of the same name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Sturgeon family


The surname Sturgeon was first found in Suffolk where they were Lords of the manor of Whepstead from very early times, where they were conjecturally descended from Ralph of Whepstead who held that Lordship after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. from the Abbott of St. Edmund's. According to the Domesday Book survey, Whepstead consisted of a church, eighteen beasts, thirty pigs, and one hundred sheep, and their descendants later erected Manston Hall.

Early History of the Sturgeon family


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Sturgeon Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of forenames and surnames were common. Originally all records were in Latin and translating a record, whether it was a surname or village name was dependent on a verbal translation into the language of the times. Languages evolved too and that complicated entries. Spellings often changed in a person’s lifetime in various rolls (censuses) of the time. Many variations of the name Sturgeon have been found, including Sturgen, Sturgeon, Stergeon, Sturgion, Sturgione, Strugeon, Strugen, Strugeone and many more.

Early Notables of the Sturgeon family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sturgeon family to Ireland


Some of the Sturgeon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sturgeon family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sturgeon were among those contributors:

Sturgeon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Phillis Sturgeon, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]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)
  • Robert Sturgeon, who settled in Maine in 1726
  • John Sturgeon, who settled in New England in 1740
  • John Sturgeon, who landed in America in 1740 [1]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)

Sturgeon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Sturgeon, aged 27, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [1]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)
  • William Sturgeon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]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)
  • William Sturgeon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832

Sturgeon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Janet Sturgeon and her husband, who settled in St. John Island in 1775
  • Thomas Sturgeon was a fisherman of Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland in 1785 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Sturgeon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Sturgeon, aged 18, who landed in Quebec in 1834

Sturgeon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Sturgeon, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) China 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml
  • Martha Sturgeon, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Sturgeon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Sturgeon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Harrington
  • R Sturgeon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Robert Sturgeon, aged 30, a jeweller, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Andrew Sturgeon, aged 41, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Helen Sturgeon, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sturgeon (post 1700)


  • Rollin Summers Sturgeon (1877-1961), American film director of 101 silent films from 1910 to 1924
  • Peter Assheton Sturgeon (1916-2005), American founder of the American branch of Mensa
  • Daniel Sturgeon (1789-1878), American physician, banker and Democratic Party politician from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1840-1851)
  • Robert Harwood "Bobby" Sturgeon (b. 1919), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1940 to 1948
  • Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985), American writer
  • Barbara Sturgeon, English two-time Sony Radio Award wining radio presenter
  • William Sturgeon (1783-1785), English physicist and inventor who made the first electromagnets, inventor of the first practical electric motor
  • Peter Sturgeon (b. 1954), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey player for the Colorado Rockies
  • Nicola Sturgeon (b. 1970), Scottish politician, Leader of the Scottish National Party (2007-2014), First Minister of Scotland (2014-)
  • Isaac Sturgeon, 19th century president and general superintendent of the North Missouri, eponym of the town of Sturgeon, Missouri

Suggested Readings for the name Sturgeon


  • Family: Roots, Ties, and Trails (Sturgeon Family) by Mary C. Sturgeon.

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml

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