Y-Chromosome DNA Streeter Surname Project
Project launched 19 May 2003 | Page updated 1 January 2021
The name, STREETER, is of English origin and designates one who lives near an ancient roman road or on the main street of a village; it is almost exclusively unique to Sussex. It is a variation of STREET, which comes from the Old English stroet for roman road which comes from the Latin strata, from the past participle of sternere, to strew, cover, surface. Other variations include STRETE, STREETE, STREETS, STREATER, and STREAT (Patricia Hanks and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames [Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1988]).
In any case, all male STREETERs, regardless of race or ethnicity, are welcome and encouraged to participate. Female STREETERs do not inherit a Y-Chromosome from their fathers so they are not eligible to participate.
The STREETER surname project was launched on 19 May 2003 by Perry Streeter. I am the President and a Life Member of The STREETER Family Association. I encourage STREETER descendants worldwide join; however, participation in the Y-Chromosome DNA STREETER Surname Project is not dependent on participation in the association.
Using an ethical and competent testing company, Family Tree DNA, we are creating a STREETER Y-DNA database. To collect a DNA sample, a simple, painless cheek-scraping kit is used instead of a blood test; the instructions are easy to follow.
I offer one caveat—DNA testing can also reveal secret adoption, maternal infidelity or any “non-paternal event” (NPE) anywhere in a lineage, so any STREETER male testing his DNA should be prepared for the statistical possibility that he may not be a STREETER, genetically speaking.
§ Identify how many distinct STREETER families originated in Southeast England, particularly in the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
§ Enable living STREETERs in England and around the world to identify their family of origin by comparing the DNA test results of those with unknown lineages to those with well-documented lines of descent.
§ Determine whether or not any of the English STREETER emigrants to a given country were related to each other or not. The following English progenitors and emigrants are already by current project participants:
§ Henry Streeter of Maresfield, Sussex, England
§ Jarvis Streeter of Kent, England and New York
§ Robert Streater of West Hoathly, Sussex, England and New Zealand
§ Thomas Streeter of Wisborough Green, Sussex, England
§ Other English STREETER emigrants that we would like to see represented in the project by living descendants include:
§ Abel STREETER of Buxted, Sussex & Pennsylvania, USA
§ Dr. Charles STREETER of London, England & Pennsylvania and Texas, USA
§ Edward STREETER of England & Boston, Massachusetts, USA
§ Edward STREETER of England & Virginia and the Carolinas, USA
§ George STREETER of Shipley, Sussex, England & Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
§ Henry STREETER of England & Lancaster, Erie County, New York, USA
§ James STREETER of Hunton, Kent, England & New Zealand
§ John Charles Streeter of England & North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
§ Joseph STREETER of England & Colden, Erie County, New York, USA
§ Thomas STREETER of London, England & Barbados
§ We have confirmed the long-standing theory that William STREETER of East Grinstead, Sussex, England and Greene County, New York, USA was the nephew of Thomas STREETER of East Grinstead, Sussex, England and Steuben County, New York, USA. The earliest known ancestor in this family was Richard STREATER (d. 1764) of Dunnings Farm, East Grinstead, Sussex, England; he may have resided in Charlwood, Surrey, England prior to 1750.
§ An American descendant of Richard STREATER of Dunnings Farm, East Grinstead, Sussex, England has matched on 35/37 markers with an English descendant of Henry STREETER of Maresfield, Sussex, England. The parishes of East Grinstead and Maresfield are adjacent.
§ An American descendant of Jarvis STREETER of Kent, England and New York, USA has matched on 24/25 markers with an English descendant of Stephen STREETER of Hunton, Kent, England, confirming the latter’s theory that Jarvis was a descendant of Stephen. This Stephen STREETER should not be confused with Stephen STREETER of Kent, England and Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA; test results indicate that these two progenitors, both named Stephen STREETER, were unrelated.
§ Multiple descendants of Stephen STREETER of Kent, England and Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA have matched with each other and with another probable descendant, confirming the latter’s descent from Stephen.
§ Another known descendant of Stephen STREETER of Kent, England and Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA has matched with other known descendants; a one-step mutation may prove useful to descendants of Stephen who are still trying to determine their exact line of descent. Other one-step mutations are observed among those with 25 markers available for comparison.
§ An English probable descendant of Thomas STREETER of Wisborough Green, Sussex, England has matched on 11/12 markers with the majority of the known descendants of Stephen STREETER of Kent, England and Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.
If you are direct line male STREETER descendant and would like to have your DNA tested for matches with others, simply click on the following link to get started…