Sterling Family History

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Sterling Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Stirling. English: perhaps a variant of Starling. German: from Middle High German sterlinc, the name of a coin, hence probably a nickname for someone who paid that amount in rent.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Sperling, Starling, Esterline, Vierling, Stelling, Osterling

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Sterling Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sterling name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sterling. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    43%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    5%

  • European Jewish

    4%

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Sterling Family Origin

Where is the Sterling family from?

Sterling Family Occupations

What did your Sterling ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sterling family was Carpenter. The most common Sterling occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Sterling's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sterling.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • School

    13%
  • Clerk

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sterling ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sterling Historical Records

What Sterling family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Sterling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sterling census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Sterling. 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 Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Sterling. For the veterans among your Sterling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sterling Life Expectancy

What is the average Sterling lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sterling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sterling in 1940 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sterling

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sterling ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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