Early Origins of the Surteas family
The surname Surteas was first found in Durham
where they were an ancient family, Barons of the Palatinate, who took their name from the residence Super Tysam, Sur Tees, Upon the river Tees, their chief seat being Dinsdale. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The principal male died out long ago, but younger branches of the family in recent generations have prospered. The Dinsdale property was lost but was repurchased in the late 1800s by the family.
Early History of the Surteas family
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Surteas Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Surtees, Surtes, Surties, Suyrtayse, Surteys and others.
Early Notables of the Surteas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Surteas family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J. Surties settled in Maryland in 1704.
The Surteas 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: Mao mori quam foedori
Motto Translation: Death before dishonor