Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (2024)

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Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (5)

The name Starmer comes from a name for a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star. Starmer is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Starmer comes from the Old English words sterre, or starre, which mean star, and would have been given to someone with a bright personality. This word was also used to refer to a white patch of hair on the forehead of a horse, an so, it may have been transferred to refer to someone with a streak of white hair.

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Early Origins of the Starmer family

The surname Starmer was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from ancient times in the village of Longbridge Deverill at Glastonbury. It is said that King Alfred, King of the west Saxons, camped the night in the Deverill valley before defeating the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune in 878.

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Early History of the Starmer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starmer research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1629, 1633, 1637 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Starmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Starmer Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Starmer include Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr and others.

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Early Notables of the Starmer family

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Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (6) Migration of the Starmer family to Ireland

Some of the Starmer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (7) Starmer migration to Australia +

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

Starmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Starmer, (b. 1767), aged 36, British Convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1825 1
Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (8) Starmer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Starmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Starmer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 2
  • Frederick Starmer, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
Starmer Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (9) Starmer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Starmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Starmer, aged 60, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Juliette Starmer, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Wm. Austin Starmer, aged 32, who immigrated to America from Leeds, England, in 1904
  • Fred Waiter Starmer, aged 28, who settled in America from Northampton, England, in 1907
  • Mary Starmer, aged 63, who settled in America from Harpole, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Starmer (post 1700) +
  • Keir Starmer QC (b. 1962), English barrister, fourteenth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the sixth head of the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Sir Charles Walter Starmer (1870-1933), British newspaper proprietor and Liberal politician
  • William Austin Starmer, English-born, American sheet music cover artist
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  • Hereditary surnames
  • Nickname
  • Spelling variations
  • Family seat
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Ireland
  • Saxons
  • New South Wales
  • First Fleets
  • Australia
  • England
The Starmer 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: Vive en espoir
Motto Translation: Live in hope

Citations +
  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

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