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Sterle Surname Meaning

Slovenian: variant of Strle (and in part also an Americanized form this) from a derivative of streljati ‘to shoot’ or strel ‘shot’ or perhaps strela ‘thunderbolt lightning’ hence a nickname for a shooter or a bowman (compare Strelec ) or perhaps for someone who habitually used the expression (gromska) strela ‘well I'll be blowed’. South German: nickname derived from Middle High German ster sterre ‘ram’ probably for an obstinate person (see Sterr ). German: diminutive of Stehr .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Stern, Selle, Sterner, Steele, Steil, Stelle, Staple, Steidle, Stell

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Where is the Sterle family from?

You can see how Sterle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sterle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Sterle families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 14 Sterle families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sterle's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sterle families in 1911.
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What did your Sterle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sterle. 22% of Sterle men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Sterle women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sterle were Salesman and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Miner
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sterle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sterle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 877 immigration records available for the last name Sterle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 475 military records available for the last name Sterle. For the veterans among your Sterle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sterle lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Sterle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sterle in 1955 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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