Sturgess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sturgess 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 Sturgess family

The surname Sturgess 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, [1] a survey taken by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 A.D.

Early History of the Sturgess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sturgess research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1634 is included under the topic Early Sturgess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sturgess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sturgis, Sturges, Sturgiss, Sturgess, Sturge, Sturch, Sturk and many more.

Early Notables of the Sturgess family (pre 1700)

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Australia Sturgess migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sturgess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Sturgess, English convict who was convicted in Dover, Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • William Sturgess, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [3]
  • George Sturgess, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Contemporary Notables of the name Sturgess (post 1700) +

  • Jim Sturgess (b. 1978), English multiple award winning actor, known for his work on 21 (2008), Cloud Atlas (2012) and Across the Universe (2007)
  • John Sturgess (1864-1903), English illustrator of books and magazines
  • Albert Sturgess (1882-1957), English footballer
  • Olive Sturgess (b. 1933), Canadian actress, known for her wok on The Raven (1963), The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) and Requiem for a Gunfighter (1965)
  • Sydney Sturgess (1915-1999), born Dorothy Anna Sturgess, Malaysian-born, Canadian actress best known for her work with the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival of Canada
  • Thomas Sturgess (1898-1974), Indian cricketer
  • Reginald Sturgess (1892-1932), Australian artist
  • Gary Sturgess, Australian businessperson, executive director of Serco Institute
  • Eric Sturgess (b. 1920), South African tennis player
  • Claire Sturgess, British disc jockey, voiceover artist and radio presenter

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John P Sturgess (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Bitterne, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]
  • Mr. Cyril L Sturgess (b. 1912), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]


The Sturgess 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.


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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