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The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Sturgill family have grown. The name Sturgill was given to a member of the family 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.

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The surname Sturgill 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.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sturgill include Sturgen, Sturgeon, Stergeon, Sturgion, Sturgione, Strugeon, Strugen, Strugeone and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sturgill research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1544 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Sturgill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sturgill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Sturgill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 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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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sturgills to arrive on North American shores:

Sturgill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W. F. Sturgill, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Winfield Sturgill, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • Savry Sturgill, who settled in America, in 1922
  • William Sturgill, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924
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  • Jeff Sturgill, American visual effects cameraman, known for his work on Independence Day (1996), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Pitch Black (2000)
  • William B. Sturgill (b. 1924), American coal merchant, beneficiary of The William B. Sturgill Award, University of Kentucky
  • Virgil Sturgill (b. 1897), American ballad singer and dulcimer player
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    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Sturgill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sturgill 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.

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