Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of the various places, for
example in Hertfordshire, Kent, and Somerset, so named from Old
English strǣt ‘paved highway’, ‘Roman road’ (Latin
strata (via)). In the Middle Ages the word at first denoted a
Roman road but later also came to denote the main street in a town or
village, and so the surname may also have been a topographic name for
someone who lived on a main street.
- Jewish: Americanized
form of the Sephardic surname Chetrit, of uncertain
- Americanized form of Ashkenazic Jewish
Strasser and a number of other similar surnames.
- The Rev. Nicholas Street (1603–74) came from England to Taunton,
MA, between 1630 and 1638, and later moved to New Haven, CT, where his
descendant Augustus Russell Street, a leader in art education, was
born in 1791 and went on to become one of the most important early
benefactors of Yale College.
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