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  • Abigail Winslow (c.1725 - 1783)
  • Alice Sturges (b. - 1659)
    The traditional ancestry of John Sturges is that he was the son of Edward Sturgis of Yarmouth who was the son of Philip Sturgis of Hannington, but this has been shown to be false by Roger Faxton Sturgi...
  • Deborah Redfield (c.1662 - c.1723)
    Deborah's second marriage was to James Redfield (b. abt 1646 d. abt 1719Children of this marriage were:Margaret REDFIELD b: 7 Oct 1694, Fairfield CT. James REDFIELD b: 25 Oct 1696, Fairfield CT. page 6...
  • Deborah Sturges (1627 - 1674)
    Deborah Barlow (b. Oct 12, 1636, d. Mar 28, 1674) Deborah Barlow (daughter of John Barlow and Ann)149 was born Oct 12, 1636 in probably England149, and died Mar 28, 1674 in Fairfield, CT..She married J...
  • Edward Sturges, of West Haddon (1602 - 1670)
    Not the same as Edward Sturgis, of Yarmouth Is increasingly clear to me that the ancestors of John and Edward Sturgis are not known, and are more than likely not Philip Sturgis of Hannington who was th...

About the Sturges surname

Origin & Meaning

"This interesting surname is derived from the Old Norse personal name Thorgils, composed of the divine name Thor, the name of the god of thunder in Scandinavian mythology, plus "gils", hostage, pledge. However, the inorganic initial "S" is not easily explained, it may be the result of the Old French influence. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Adam Thurgis (1279) The Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire, and John Sturgys (1353) The Feet of Fines of Cambridgeshire. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Sturges, Sturgis, Stirgess, and Turgoose. One, John Sturges married Mary Haddon on May 23rd 1568, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London on November 14th 1569, and John Sturgess son of Nicolas and Hannah, was christened on September 8th 1714, at St. Olave, Southwark, and one Samuel Stirgess, the infant son of Samuel and Sarah Stirgess was christened on August 16th 1829 at Longford in Derbyshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Turgis, which was dated 1210, "The Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling."


Alternate Origin & Meaning

"The Sturges name is said to be derived from an old Anglo Saxon name "Styrgar" which appeared in Mercia (now England) in ancient times. "Styrgar" denoted a battle spear."

"The surname Sturges 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."

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